Tinnitus isn’t new. But maybe it’s new to you, like a noisy used car you can’t return. A relentless buzzing or ringing is normally how tinnitus is experienced but not always. The sound can be, at times, extremely loud. Regardless of how tinnitus manifests for you, this point is probably true: if tinnitus is bothering you, you may be looking for some new ways to manage your symptoms.
The good news is that new therapies and treatment options are being developed that aren’t cures for tinnitus but can help you deal with it. Your tongue is even involved in certain of those therapies.
Newest Approaches to Tinnitus
Possibly the most novel tinnitus treatment that we’ve seen does indeed offer a lot of promise, even if it seems a little odd initially. Both the ear and the tongue are stimulated with this device developed at the Trinity School of Medicine in Dublin. Technically, it’s called bi-modal neuromodulation.
The results were fairly impressive with this device based on the first tests. Most individuals received treatments for twelve weeks or so. Those same people noted a significant decrease in their tinnitus symptoms, and the results continued for up to twelve months. But this type of therapy is still in testing and not extensively available yet.
How Can I Find Tinnitus Relief Now?
Regrettably, it will probably be quite some time before novel solutions such as this are broadly available. So maybe you’re curious about what you can do now to help deal with your tinnitus.
There are, fortunately, some tinnitus therapy technology that has recently been released. And one of the best new methods of managing tinnitus is something you’ve likely already heard of: your hearing aid.
Here’s how it works:
External sounds are enhanced by hearing aids. When you begin losing your hearing, the sounds of the outside world get quieter and that can make the internal sounds of tinnitus become louder. A hearing aid can boost the volume on the rest of the audio spectrum. By increasing the volume of external sounds, your tinnitus sounds will often disappear into the background.
Your hearing aid can mask the sound. If your hearing loss is relatively mild, then a masking device may be the best way to address your symptoms. A hearing aid has a comparable appearance to a masking device. And many hearing aids can be enhanced with masking technology. Your tinnitus symptoms can be obscured by sounds emitted by this type of technology. Whatever sound will best mask the ringing in your ears will be used, from white noise to a specific tone.
This is, obviously, only the beginning. We can help you choose the best option for you so call us for a consultation.