Tinnitus is nothing new. But it might be the first time you have had to deal with it. A relentless ringing or buzzing is usually how tinnitus is experienced but not always. Often, the sound is really overwhelming. However tinnitus is experienced by you, this point is probably true: if tinnitus is troubling you, you might be searching for some new ways to control your symptoms.
In that, you’re in luck because while tinnitus doesn’t yet have an overall cure, there are a few new treatments that can help you manage symptoms. Your tongue is even involved in certain of those therapies.
Newest Approaches to Tinnitus
Arguably the newest tinnitus treatment that we’ve seen appears to offer quite a bit of potential, even if it seems a little unusual at first. Both the ear and the tongue are stimulated with this device developed at the Trinity School of Medicine in Dublin. Bi-modal neurostimulation is the technical term for this technique.
The results were fairly striking with this device according to the first tests. Most people received treatments for twelve weeks or so. Those same people noted a significant reduction in their tinnitus symptoms, and the results continued for up to twelve months. But until the testing phase is completed it won’t be extensively available.
What Can I do Now to Get Tinnitus Relief?
Naturally, it takes a while for technology to work their way from research and development to patient availability. So perhaps you’re curious about what can be done now to help deal with your tinnitus.
There are, fortunately, some tinnitus management devices that has recently been released. And one of the best new ways to manage tinnitus is something you’ve most likely already heard of: your hearing aid.
Here’s the way it works:
Your hearing aid can provide you with something else to listen to. One reason why tinnitus becomes more apparent as you lose your hearing is that the ringing is the only thing that stays loud while everything else becomes quieter. A hearing aid can raise the volume on the rest of the audio spectrum. By increasing the volume of external sounds, your tinnitus sounds will often fade into the background.
Your hearing aid can mask the sound. If your hearing loss is fairly minor, then a masking device may be the best way to address your symptoms. A masking device essentially looks like a hearing aid. And masking technology can be combined with modern hearing aids. This technology can produce sounds designed to mask your tinnitus symptoms. Whatever the best sound is to mask the ringing in your ears will be used, from white noise to a specific tone.
Of course, this is only a starting point. We can help you choose the best choice for you so call us for a consultation.