Tinnitus has been around for a long time. But it may be the first time you have had to cope with it. A constant ringing or buzzing is usually how tinnitus is experienced but not always. At times, the sound is very overwhelming. However tinnitus manifests for you, this point is probably true: you are probably searching for new ways of managing your tinnitus if it’s something that’s troubling you.
Fortunately, new therapies and treatments are being developed that aren’t cures for tinnitus but can help you deal with it. Certain of those therapies even involve your tongue.
Newest Approaches to Tinnitus
One of the most recent treatments for tinnitus seems a little strange at first but does seem to show some hope. Both the ear and the tongue are stimulated with this device designed at the Trinity School of Medicine in Dublin. Technically, it’s called bi-modal neuromodulation.
The results were fairly striking with this device according to the first tests. Most individuals received treatments for a duration of twelve weeks or so. Those same people noticed a significant reduction in their tinnitus symptoms, and the results lasted up to twelve months. But this type of therapy is still in the testing phase and not extensively available yet.
How Can I Find Tinnitus Relief Now?
Regrettably, it will probably be quite some time before novel therapies such as this are broadly available. So how can you manage your tinnitus right now?
There are, fortunately, some tinnitus management technology that has recently come onto the market. And the most prevalent way to deal with your tinnitus is a modern hearing aid.
It works like this:
External sounds are boosted by hearing aids. One reason why tinnitus is more apparent as you lose your hearing is that the stays loud while everything else gets quieter. The volume of the outside world is boosted by hearing aids. That doesn’t change the volume of your tinnitus, but it might make the ringing less obvious.
Your hearing aid can mask the noise. A masking device may be the answer if your hearing loss is minor. A hearing aid has a similar appearance to a masking device. And most hearing aids can be augmented with masking technology. Your tinnitus symptoms can be obscured by sounds produced by this kind of technology. Whatever the best sound is to mask the ringing in your ears will be used, it may be a specific tone or even white noise.
Of course, this is just a starting point. We can help you discover the best option for you so call us for a consultation.