Tinnitus isn’t new. But maybe it’s new to you, like a noisy used car you can’t take back. Normally, though not always, tinnitus reveals itself as an incessant buzzing or ringing in the ears. 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 dealing with your tinnitus if it’s something that’s troubling you.
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 deal with symptoms. Your tongue is even involved in some of those therapies.
The Newest Way to Handle Tinnitus
Perhaps the most novel tinnitus treatment that we’ve seen does indeed offer quite a bit of potential, even if it appears a little unusual at first. This device, designed at the Trinity College School of Medicine in Dublin, stimulates both the tongue and ear. The technical term is bi-modal neuromodulation.
As outlined by the first tests of this device, the results were fairly optimistic. 12 weeks was about the duration that most individuals were treated. Those same people noted a significant decrease 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.
What Can I do Now to Find Tinnitus Relief?
Of course, it takes years for technology to work their way from research and development to patient accessibility. So perhaps you’re wondering what can be done now to help deal with your tinnitus.
Fortunately, there are some newer tinnitus management devices available today. And the most common way to manage your tinnitus is a modern hearing aid.
Here’s the way it works:
External sounds are enhanced by hearing aids. One reason why tinnitus becomes more obvious as you lose your hearing is that the ringing is the only thing that stays loud while everything else becomes quieter. The volume of the exterior world is boosted by hearing aids. By increasing the volume of external sounds, your tinnitus sounds will often fade into the background.
There is a noise masking device similar to a modern hearing aid. A masking device may be the way to go if your hearing loss is mild. A masking device basically looks like a hearing aid. And most hearing aids can be augmented with masking technology. Your tinnitus symptoms can be masked 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.
This is, naturally, just the beginning. We can help you find the best choice for you so call us for a consultation.