Tinnitus is not new. But maybe it’s new to you, like a loud used car you can’t return. Usually, though not always, tinnitus reveals itself as a ceaseless ringing or buzzing in the ears. The sound can be, at times, extremely loud. However tinnitus manifests for you, this point is probably true: if tinnitus is bothering 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 manage it. Your tongue is even involved in some of those treatments.
The Most Recent Way to Handle Tinnitus
One of the newest treatments for tinnitus sounds a bit odd at first but does appear to show some promise. This device, designed at the Trinity College School of Medicine in Dublin, stimulates both the tongue and ear. Technically, it’s called bi-modal neuromodulation.
The results were rather impressive with this device according to the first tests. Most people underwent treatments for twelve weeks or so. Within those 12 months, those same people noticed a dramatic decrease in tinnitus symptoms. But until the testing phase is completed it won’t be publicly available.
How Can I Get Tinnitus Relief Now?
Unfortunately, it will probably be quite some time before novel treatments like this are broadly accessible. So maybe 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 the most common way to handle your tinnitus is a modern hearing aid.
It works like this:
Your hearing aid can give you something else to listen to. One reason why tinnitus is more apparent as your hearing wanes is that the stays loud while everything else gets quieter. A hearing aid can boost the volume on the rest of the audio spectrum. By increasing the volume of outside sounds, your tinnitus sounds will often fade into the background.
Your hearing aid can mask the sound. If your hearing loss is fairly mild, then a masking device may be the best way to address your symptoms. A masking device essentially looks like a hearing aid. And masking technology can be integrated into modern hearing aids. This technology will emit sounds specially designed to mask your tinnitus symptoms. Whatever sound will best mask the ringing in your ears will be used, it may be a specific tone or even white noise.
Needless to say, this is only a starting point. We can help you find the best option for you so get in touch with us.