Tinnitus has been present for a long time. But it may be the first time you have had to deal with it. A constant ringing or buzzing is normally how tinnitus manifests but not always. The sound can be, at times, extremely loud. 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 bothering you.
In that, you’re in luck because while tinnitus doesn’t yet have an overall cure, there are a few novel therapies that can help you manage symptoms. Your tongue is even involved in certain of those therapies.
The Newest Way to Manage Tinnitus
Possibly the newest tinnitus therapy that we’ve seen does indeed offer a lot of promise, even if it sounds a little strange at first. Both the ear and the tongue are stimulated with this device developed at the Trinity School of Medicine in Dublin. Bi-modal neurostimulation is the technical term for this approach.
The results were rather striking with this device according to the first tests. Most people received treatments for twelve weeks or so. Within those 12 months, those same individuals noticed a dramatic reduction in tinnitus symptoms. But this kind of therapy is still in the testing phase and not extensively available yet.
What Can I do Now to Find Tinnitus Relief?
Of course, it takes a while for technology to work their way from research and development to patient availability. So maybe you’re curious about what you can do now to help control your tinnitus.
Luckily, there are some newer tinnitus management devices available today. And one of the best new methods of managing tinnitus is something you’ve most likely already heard of: your hearing aid.
Here’s the way it works:
Your hearing aid can provide you with something else to listen to. When you begin losing your hearing, external diminish and that can make the internal sounds of tinnitus get louder. The volume of the exterior world is raised by hearing aids. That doesn’t lower the volume of your tinnitus, but it could make the ringing less noticeable.
Your hearing aid can mask the sound. If your hearing loss is relatively moderate, then a masking device might be the best way to treat your symptoms. A hearing aid has a similar appearance to a masking device. And masking technology can be combined with modern hearing aids. This technology will emit sounds specially designed to mask your tinnitus symptoms. At times this will be a tone, in other situations, it might be some white noise. Whatever will best hide the ringing in your ears.
Needless to say, this is only a starting point. We can show you devices that work best for tinnitus. Contact us.