Tinnitus isn’t new. But maybe it’s new to you, like a loud used car you can’t take back. Usually, though not always, tinnitus reveals itself as a ceaseless buzzing or ringing in the ears. Sometimes, the sound is quite overwhelming. Regardless of how tinnitus is experienced by you, this point is most likely true: if tinnitus is troubling you, you may be searching for some new ways to deal with your symptoms.
Fortunately, new therapies and treatments are being developed that aren’t cures for tinnitus but can help you deal with it. Your tongue is even involved in some of those therapies.
The Most Recent Way to Manage Tinnitus
One of the latest treatments for tinnitus seems a little weird at first but does seem to show some promise. Both the ear and the tongue are stimulated with this device designed at the Trinity School of Medicine in Dublin. Bi-modal neurostimulation is the technical term for this technique.
According to the first tests of this device, the results were pretty optimistic. 12 weeks was about how long most individuals were treated. Within those 12 months, those same people noticed a dramatic decrease in tinnitus symptoms. But this type of therapy is still in the testing phase and not extensively available yet.
What Can I do Now to Find Tinnitus Relief?
Naturally, it takes a while for technology to go from research and development to patient availability. So how can you deal with your tinnitus right now?
There are, fortunately, some tinnitus management technology that has recently been released. And the most prevalent way to manage your tinnitus is a modern hearing aid.
It works like this:
External sounds are enhanced by hearing aids. One reason why tinnitus is more noticeable as your hearing wanes is that the ringing is the only thing that stays loud while everything else becomes quieter. The volume of the outside world is raised by hearing aids. By boosting the volume of outside sounds, your tinnitus sounds will often fade into the background.
Your hearing aid can mask the sound. A masking device might be the way to go if your hearing loss is minor. A hearing aid has a similar appearance to a masking device. And masking technology can be combined with modern hearing aids. This technology will emit sounds designed to mask your tinnitus symptoms. In some cases this will be a tone, in other situations, it may be some white noise. Whatever will best hide the ringing in your ears.
This is, of course, only the beginning. We can help you choose the best choice for you so call us for a consultation.