Tinnitus is nothing new. But maybe it’s new to you, like a noisy used car you can’t return. Normally, though not always, tinnitus presents as an incessant buzzing or ringing in the ears. The sound can be, at times, extremely loud. However tinnitus is experienced by you, this point is most likely true: if tinnitus is troubling you, you may be looking for some new ways to deal with your symptoms.
Fortunately, new therapies and treatment options are being formulated that aren’t cures for tinnitus but can help you manage it. Your tongue is even involved in some of those treatments.
The Most Recent Way to Manage Tinnitus
Arguably the newest tinnitus therapy to hit our radar appears to offer quite a bit of promise, even if it appears a little odd at first. 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 method.
As outlined by the first tests of this device, the results were rather optimistic. 12 weeks was about how long most individuals were treated. Within those 12 months, those same people noticed a dramatic reduction in tinnitus symptoms. But until the testing phase is finished it won’t be publicly available.
What Can I do Now to Get Tinnitus Relief?
Of course, it takes years for devices to work their way from research and development to patient availability. So maybe you’re curious about what you can do now to help manage your tinnitus.
There are, luckily, some tinnitus therapy devices that has recently been released. And the most prevalent way to handle your tinnitus is a modern hearing aid.
It works like this:
External sounds are enhanced by hearing aids. When you begin to lose your hearing, the sounds of the outside world get quieter and that can make the internal sounds of tinnitus get louder. A hearing aid can boost the volume on the rest of the audio spectrum. By raising the volume of external sounds, your tinnitus sounds will often disappear into the background.
There is a sound masking device comparable to a modern hearing aid. A masking device could be the answer if your hearing loss is mild. A masking device basically looks like a hearing aid. And masking technology can be incorporated into modern hearing aids. Your tinnitus symptoms can be masked by sounds produced by this kind of technology. At times this will be a tone, in other cases, it might be some white noise. Whatever is going to best hide the humming in your ears.
This is, naturally, only the beginning. We can show you devices that work best with tinnitus. Give us a call.