Tinnitus is not new. But perhaps 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 ringing or buzzing in the ears. At times, the sound is quite overwhelming. However tinnitus is experienced by you, this point is most likely true: you are most likely looking for new ways of managing your tinnitus if it’s something that’s troubling you.
In that, you’re in luck because while tinnitus does not yet have a universal cure, there are a few new therapies that can help you deal with symptoms. Your tongue is even involved in some of those therapies.
Most Recent Approaches to Tinnitus
Arguably the most novel tinnitus therapy that we’ve seen appears to offer a lot of promise, 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.
Based on the first tests of this device, the results were rather optimistic. Most people received treatments for a duration of twelve weeks or so. Over those 12 months, those same people noted a dramatic reduction in tinnitus symptoms. But this type of therapy is still in testing and not extensively available yet.
What Can I do Now to Get Tinnitus Relief?
Unfortunately, it will probably be quite a while before novel therapies like this are widely accessible. So how can you manage your tinnitus now?
Luckily, there are some newer tinnitus management devices on the market now. And the most common way to handle your tinnitus is a modern hearing aid.
It works like this:
Everyday sounds are boosted by hearing aids. When you begin to lose your hearing, the sounds of the outside world diminish and that can make the internal sounds of tinnitus become louder. The volume of the exterior world is boosted by hearing aids. By raising the volume of outside sounds, your tinnitus sounds will often disappear into the background.
Your hearing aid can mask the sound. A masking device could be the answer if your hearing loss is minor. A masking device basically looks like a hearing aid. And most hearing aids can be enhanced with masking technology. Your tinnitus symptoms can be obscured by sounds produced by this type of technology. Whatever sound will best mask the ringing in your ears will be used, it may be a specific tone or even white noise.
Of course, this is only a starting point. We can show you devices that work best with tinnitus. Contact us.