Tinnitus isn’t new. But it might be the first time you have had to cope with it. A relentless buzzing or ringing is usually how tinnitus is experienced but not always. The sound can be, at times, very loud. Symptoms vary substantially, but here’s the point: you are probably looking for new ways of coping with your tinnitus if it’s something that’s troubling you.
In that, you’re lucky because while tinnitus doesn’t yet have a universal cure, there are a few novel treatments that can help you deal with symptoms. Your tongue is even involved in certain of those therapies.
The Most Recent Way to Manage Tinnitus
One of the most recent treatment options for tinnitus sounds a bit odd at first but does seem to show some hope. 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. 12 weeks was about how long most individuals were treated. Within those 12 months, those same individuals noticed a dramatic decrease in tinnitus symptoms. But this type of therapy is still in the testing phase and not widely available yet.
How Can I Find Tinnitus Relief Now?
Unfortunately, it will most likely be quite some time before novel solutions such as this are widely available. So how can you control your tinnitus right now?
Fortunately, there are some newer tinnitus management devices available now. And the most common way to manage your tinnitus is a modern hearing aid.
Here’s the way it works:
Your hearing aid can provide you with something else to listen to. One reason why tinnitus is more obvious as you lose your hearing is that the stays loud while everything else becomes quieter. A hearing aid can raise the volume on the rest of the audio spectrum. By boosting the volume of external sounds, your tinnitus sounds will often fade into the background.
Your hearing aid can mask the sound. If your hearing loss is fairly moderate, then a masking device might be the best way to deal with your symptoms. A masking device essentially looks like a hearing aid. And many hearing aids can be augmented with masking technology. Your tinnitus symptoms can be masked by sounds produced by this type of technology. Sometimes this will be a tone, in other cases, it might be some white noise. Whatever is going to best hide the ringing in your ears.
This is, obviously, only the beginning. We can help you find the best option for you so get in touch with us.