Tinnitus is not new. But perhaps it’s new to you, like a loud used car you can’t take back. A constant ringing or buzzing is usually how tinnitus is experienced but not always. The sound can be, at times, extremely loud. However tinnitus is experienced by you, this point is probably true: if tinnitus is troubling you, you might be looking for some new ways to manage your symptoms.
Fortunately, new therapies and treatments are being formulated that aren’t cures for tinnitus but can help you deal with it. Certain of those therapies even concern your tongue.
The Most Recent Way to Manage Tinnitus
One of the newest therapies for tinnitus seems somewhat unusual at first but does seem to show some promise. This device, developed at the Trinity College School of Medicine in Dublin, stimulates both the tongue and ear. Bi-modal neurostimulation is the technical term for this method.
The results were rather striking with this device based on the first tests. 12 weeks was about the duration that most individuals were treated. Those same people noticed a substantial reduction in their tinnitus symptoms, and the results lasted up to twelve months. But this kind of therapy is still in testing and not widely available yet.
How Can I Find Relief From my Tinnitus Now?
Unfortunately, it will probably be quite some time before novel therapies like this are broadly accessible. So how can you manage your tinnitus right now?
Luckily, there are some newer tinnitus management devices available today. And the most prevalent way to deal with your tinnitus is a modern hearing aid.
It works like this:
Everyday sounds are boosted by hearing aids. One reason why tinnitus becomes more obvious as you lose your hearing is that the stays loud while everything else becomes quieter. A hearing aid can raise the volume on the rest of the audio spectrum. By raising the volume of outside sounds, your tinnitus sounds will often fade into the background.
Your hearing aid can mask the noise. A masking device could be the way to go if your hearing loss is minor. A masking device basically looks like a hearing aid. And most hearing aids can be augmented with masking technology. This technology will emit sounds specially designed to mask your tinnitus symptoms. Sometimes this will be a tone, in other situations, it might be some white noise. Whatever will best hide the humming in your ears.
Needless to say, this is just a starting point. We can demonstrate devices that work best with tinnitus. Give us a call.