Tinnitus isn’t new. But maybe it’s new to you, like a noisy used car you can’t return. A relentless ringing or buzzing is usually how tinnitus is experienced but not always. Sometimes, the sound is very overwhelming. However tinnitus is experienced by you, this point is probably true: if tinnitus is troubling you, you may be searching for some new ways to control 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 deal with symptoms. Your tongue is even involved in some of those treatments.
The Most Recent Way to Manage Tinnitus
Arguably the newest tinnitus treatment to hit our radar appears to offer a lot of promise, even if it seems a little unusual at first. Both the tongue and the ear are stimulated with this device developed at the Trinity School of Medicine in Dublin. Technically, it’s called bi-modal neuromodulation.
The results were rather impressive with this device according to the first tests. 12 weeks was about how long most people were treated. Those same people noticed a substantial reduction in their tinnitus symptoms, and the results continued for up to twelve months. But this kind of therapy is still in the testing phase and not widely available yet.
How Can I Get Relief From my Tinnitus Now?
Unfortunately, it will probably be quite a while before novel therapies like this are broadly available. So how can you deal with your tinnitus now?
Luckily, there are some newer tinnitus management devices on the market now. And one of the best new ways to manage tinnitus is something you’ve likely already heard of: your hearing aid.
Here’s the way it works:
Everyday sounds are boosted by hearing aids. One reason why tinnitus is more noticeable as you lose your hearing 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 raising the volume of outside sounds, your tinnitus sounds will often vanish into the background.
There is a sound masking device similar to a modern hearing aid. A masking device might be the answer if your hearing loss is minor. A masking device basically looks like a hearing aid. And some hearing aids can be augmented with masking technology. This technology will emit sounds specially designed to mask your tinnitus symptoms. Whatever the best sound is to mask the ringing in your ears will be used, it may be a specific tone or even white noise.
This is, naturally, only the beginning. We can help you choose the best option for you so get in touch with us.