Tinnitus isn’t new. But it may be the first time you have had to cope with it. Normally, though not always, tinnitus reveals itself as an incessant ringing or buzzing in the ears. At times, the sound is really overwhelming. Regardless of how tinnitus manifests for you, this point is most likely true: if tinnitus is troubling you, you might be looking for some new ways to control your symptoms.
In that, you’re lucky because while tinnitus does not yet have an overall cure, there are a few new treatments that can help you manage symptoms. Your tongue is even involved in some of those treatments.
The Most Recent Way to Handle Tinnitus
Perhaps the newest tinnitus therapy to hit our radar does indeed offer quite a bit of potential, even if it seems a little strange initially. 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.
According to the first tests of this device, the results were fairly striking. 12 weeks was about how long most people were treated. Over those 12 months, those same people noticed a dramatic decrease in tinnitus symptoms. But until the testing phase is complete it won’t be widely available.
What Can I do Now to Get Tinnitus Relief?
Of course, it takes years for devices to work their way from research and development to patient availability. So how can you control your tinnitus now?
Luckily, there are some newer tinnitus management devices available now. And one of the best new ways to manage tinnitus is something you’ve most likely already heard of: your hearing aid.
Here’s how it works:
Your hearing aid can provide you with something else to listen to. When you begin to lose your hearing, the sounds of the outside world get quieter and that can make the internal sounds of tinnitus get louder. The volume of the exterior world is boosted by hearing aids. 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 might be the best way to deal with your symptoms. A hearing aid has a similar appearance to a masking device. And most 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, just the beginning. We can show you devices that work best with tinnitus. Contact us.