Tinnitus is nothing new. 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 is experienced but not always. Often, the sound is quite intense. Regardless of how tinnitus manifests for you, this point is most likely true: you are probably searching for new ways of managing your tinnitus if it’s something that’s troubling you.
The good news is that new therapies and treatments are being developed 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 Handle Tinnitus
Perhaps the most novel tinnitus treatment that we’ve seen appears to offer quite a bit of potential, even if it seems a little odd at first. This device, designed at the Trinity College School of Medicine in Dublin, stimulates both the ear and the tongue. The technical term is bi-modal neuromodulation.
As outlined by the first tests of this device, the results were fairly optimistic. Most individuals underwent 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 this type of therapy is still in the testing phase and not extensively available yet.
How Can I Find Tinnitus Relief Now?
Naturally, it takes a while for devices to work their way from research and development to patient availability. So maybe you’re wondering what you can do now to help manage your tinnitus.
Luckily, there are some newer tinnitus management devices available now. And one of the best new ways to manage tinnitus is something you’ve likely already heard of: your hearing aid.
It works like this:
External sounds are enhanced by hearing aids. One reason why tinnitus becomes more apparent as your hearing wanes is that the stays loud while everything else gets quieter. 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.
Your hearing aid can mask the noise. If your hearing loss is relatively minor, then a masking device may be the best way to address your symptoms. A hearing aid has a similar appearance to a masking device. And masking technology can be combined with modern hearing aids. Your tinnitus symptoms can be obscured by sounds produced by this type of technology. At times this will be a tone, in other situations, it may be some white noise. Whatever will best hide the humming in your ears.
This is, naturally, just the beginning. We can help you find the best option for you so call us for a consultation.