Tinnitus has been present for a long time. But maybe it’s new to you, like a loud used car you can’t take back. A relentless buzzing or ringing is commonly how tinnitus manifests but not always. Often, the sound is really overwhelming. Symptoms differ significantly, but this is the point: if tinnitus is bothering you, you may be looking for some new ways to manage your symptoms.
In that, you’re in luck because while tinnitus does not yet have an overall cure, there are a few novel treatments that can help you deal with symptoms. Certain of those therapies even involve your tongue.
Newest Approaches to Tinnitus
One of the latest treatments for tinnitus seems somewhat unusual at first but does seem to show some hope. Both the tongue and the ear are stimulated with this device developed at the Trinity School of Medicine in Dublin. The technical term is bi-modal neuromodulation.
The results were rather 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 lasted up to twelve months. But until the testing phase is complete it won’t be generally available.
What Can I do Now to Get Tinnitus Relief?
Regrettably, it will most likely be quite a while before novel therapies such as this are broadly accessible. So perhaps you’re wondering what you can do now to help control your tinnitus.
There are, fortunately, some tinnitus therapy devices that has recently been released. And one of the best new ways to manage tinnitus is something you’ve probably already heard of: your hearing aid.
It works like this:
Your hearing aid can give you something else to listen to. When you start to lose your hearing, external diminish and that can make the internal sounds of tinnitus become louder. A hearing aid can raise the volume on the rest of the audio spectrum. By boosting the volume of outside sounds, your tinnitus sounds will often fade into the background.
There is a noise masking device comparable to a modern hearing aid. A masking device might be the answer if your hearing loss is mild. A masking device basically looks like a hearing aid. And many hearing aids can be augmented with masking technology. Your tinnitus symptoms can be masked 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 just a starting point. We can help you find the best option for you so call us for a consultation.