Tinnitus isn’t new. But it might be the first time you have had to cope with it. A constant ringing or buzzing is commonly how tinnitus manifests but not always. The sound can be, at times, very loud. However tinnitus manifests for you, this point is probably true: you are probably searching for new ways of coping with your tinnitus if it’s something that’s troubling you.
The good news is that new therapies and treatment options are being developed that aren’t cures for tinnitus but can help you manage it. Your tongue is even involved in certain of those treatments.
Most Recent Approaches to Tinnitus
One of the newest treatments for tinnitus seems a little strange at first but does appear to show some hope. Both the ear and the tongue are stimulated with this device developed at the Trinity School of Medicine in Dublin. The technical term is bi-modal neuromodulation.
The results were fairly impressive with this device based on the first tests. 12 weeks was about the duration that most people were treated. Within those 12 months, those same people noticed a dramatic reduction in tinnitus symptoms. But until the testing phase is completed it won’t be generally available.
How Can I Get Tinnitus Relief Now?
Unfortunately, it will most likely be quite some time before novel therapies like this are generally accessible. So how can you deal with your tinnitus right now?
Fortunately, there are some newer tinnitus therapy devices available today. And one of the best new ways to manage tinnitus is something you’ve likely already heard of: your hearing aid.
It works like this:
Your hearing aid can provide you with something else to listen to. When you begin losing your hearing, external get quieter and that can make the internal sounds of tinnitus get louder. The volume of the outside world is boosted by hearing aids. By raising 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 fairly mild, then a masking device may be the best way to address your symptoms. A masking device essentially looks like a hearing aid. And many hearing aids can be augmented with masking technology. This technology will emit sounds designed to mask your tinnitus symptoms. Sometimes 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, of course, just the beginning. We can help you find the best option for you so get in touch with us.