Tinnitus isn’t new. But it might be the first time you have had to deal with it. A relentless buzzing or ringing is usually how tinnitus manifests but not always. Sometimes, the sound is really overwhelming. Regardless of how tinnitus manifests for you, this point is probably true: if tinnitus is bothering you, you might be looking for some new ways to manage your symptoms.
In that, you’re in luck because while tinnitus does not yet have a universal cure, there are a few novel treatments that can help you manage symptoms. Your tongue is even involved in some of those treatments.
Newest Approaches to Tinnitus
One of the newest treatments for tinnitus seems somewhat odd at first but does seem to show some hope. Both the tongue and the ear are stimulated with this device developed at the Trinity School of Medicine in Dublin. Bi-modal neurostimulation is the technical term for this method.
The results were rather striking with this device based on the first tests. Most individuals underwent treatments for a duration of twelve weeks or so. Within those 12 months, those same individuals noticed a dramatic decrease in tinnitus symptoms. But this kind of therapy is still in testing and not generally available yet.
What Can I do Now to Find Tinnitus Relief?
Of course, it takes a while for technology to go from research and development to patient availability. So how can you manage your tinnitus now?
There are, fortunately, some tinnitus therapy technology that has recently come onto the market. And one of the best new ways to manage tinnitus is something you’ve probably already heard of: your hearing aid.
It works like this:
External sounds are boosted by hearing aids. When you start to lose your hearing, external diminish and that can make the internal sounds of tinnitus become louder. The volume of the outside world is boosted by hearing aids. By raising the volume of outside sounds, your tinnitus sounds will often vanish into the background.
Your hearing aid can mask the noise. A masking device could be the way to go if your hearing loss is mild. A masking device essentially looks like a hearing aid. And masking technology can be combined with modern hearing aids. This technology can emit sounds designed to mask your tinnitus symptoms. In some cases this will be a tone, in other cases, it might be some white noise. Whatever will best hide the ringing in your ears.
This is, naturally, only the beginning. We can help you discover the best option for you so call us for a consultation.