Tinnitus is nothing new. But it may be the first time you have had to cope with it. A constant ringing or buzzing is usually how tinnitus is experienced but not always. The sound can be, at times, extremely loud. Symptoms vary significantly, but this is the point: if tinnitus is troubling you, you may be looking for some new ways to manage your symptoms.
In that, you’re lucky because while tinnitus does not yet have a universal cure, there are a few novel treatments that can help you manage symptoms. Your tongue is even involved in certain of those treatments.
Newest Approaches to Tinnitus
One of the newest treatments for tinnitus sounds 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. Bi-modal neurostimulation is the technical term for this approach.
The results were fairly impressive with this device according to the first tests. Most individuals underwent treatments for a duration of twelve weeks or so. Over those 12 months, those same people noted a dramatic decrease in tinnitus symptoms. But until the testing phase is completed it won’t be widely available.
What Can I do Now to Find Tinnitus Relief?
Unfortunately, it will most likely be quite some time before novel treatments like this are widely available. So how can you manage your tinnitus right now?
There are, fortunately, some tinnitus therapy devices that has recently been released. And one of the best new methods of managing tinnitus is something you’ve probably already heard of: your hearing aid.
Here’s how it works:
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 get louder. A hearing aid can boost the volume on the rest of the audio spectrum. That doesn’t lower the volume of your tinnitus, but it could make the ringing less obvious.
There is a sound masking device similar to a modern hearing aid. A masking device may be the way to go if your hearing loss is minor. A hearing aid has a similar appearance to a masking device. And masking technology can be incorporated into modern hearing aids. This technology can produce sounds designed to mask your tinnitus symptoms. Sometimes this will be a tone, in other cases, it might be some white noise. Whatever will best hide the humming in your ears.
Of course, this is only a starting point. We can help you discover the best choice for you so call us for a consultation.