Tinnitus is nothing new. But it may be the first time you have had to deal with it. Normally, though not always, tinnitus presents as a ceaseless buzzing or ringing in the ears. The sound can be, at times, very loud. Regardless of how tinnitus is experienced by you, this point is probably true: if tinnitus is bothering you, you may be looking for some new ways to manage your symptoms.
In that, you’re lucky because while tinnitus does not yet have a universal cure, there are a few new therapies that can help you deal with symptoms. Your tongue is even involved in certain of those therapies.
Most Recent Approaches to Tinnitus
Arguably the most novel tinnitus therapy to hit our radar does indeed offer a lot of potential, even if it sounds a little unusual initially. This device, designed at the Trinity College School of Medicine in Dublin, stimulates both the tongue and ear. The technical term is bi-modal neuromodulation.
The results were fairly impressive with this device according to the first tests. 12 weeks was about how long most individuals were treated. Those same people noted a substantial reduction in their tinnitus symptoms, and the results continued for up to twelve months. But until the testing phase is finished it won’t be generally available.
What Can I do Now to Find Tinnitus Relief?
Regrettably, it will most likely be quite some time before novel therapies like this are widely accessible. So perhaps you’re wondering what you can do now to help manage your tinnitus.
There are, luckily, some tinnitus therapy devices that has recently come onto the market. And one of the best new methods of managing tinnitus is something you’ve probably already heard of: your hearing aid.
It works like this:
Your hearing aid can give you something else to listen to. When you start losing your hearing, external get quieter and that can make the internal sounds of tinnitus become louder. The volume of the exterior world is boosted by hearing aids. That doesn’t change the volume of your tinnitus, but it could make the ringing less obvious.
There is a sound masking device comparable to a modern hearing aid. If your hearing loss is relatively moderate, then a masking device may be the best way to address your symptoms. A hearing aid has a similar appearance to a masking device. And masking technology can be incorporated into modern hearing aids. This technology will emit sounds designed to mask your tinnitus symptoms. 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 choice for you so get in touch with us.