Tinnitus isn’t new. But it might be the first time you have had to deal with it. A constant ringing or buzzing is usually how tinnitus manifests but not always. Sometimes, the sound is very intense. However tinnitus is experienced by you, this point is probably true: if tinnitus is bothering you, you may be searching for some new ways to manage 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 Newest Way to Handle Tinnitus
One of the newest treatment options for tinnitus seems somewhat strange at first but does seem to show some promise. Both the tongue and the ear are stimulated with this device developed at the Trinity School of Medicine in Dublin. The technical term is bi-modal neuromodulation.
As outlined by the first tests of this device, the results were rather striking. Most individuals received treatments for a duration of twelve weeks or so. Those same people detected a significant 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.
How Can I Get Relief From my Tinnitus Now?
Naturally, it takes a while for technology to work their way from research and development to patient accessibility. So perhaps you’re curious about what you can do now to help manage your tinnitus.
Luckily, there are some newer tinnitus therapy devices on the market now. 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 give you something else to listen to. When you start to lose your hearing, the sounds of the outside world get quieter and that can make the internal sounds of tinnitus become louder. A hearing aid can raise the volume on the rest of the audio spectrum. That doesn’t change the volume of your tinnitus, but it might make the ringing less noticeable.
There is a noise masking device comparable to a modern hearing aid. A masking device could be the answer if your hearing loss is mild. A hearing aid has a comparable appearance to a masking device. And masking technology can be integrated into modern hearing aids. This technology can produce sounds specially 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, of course, only the beginning. We can show you devices that work best for tinnitus. Contact us.