Tinnitus has been present for a long time. But perhaps it’s new to you, like a noisy used car you can’t return. A relentless buzzing or ringing is commonly how tinnitus manifests but not always. Often, the sound is quite intense. However tinnitus manifests for you, this point is most likely true: you are probably searching for new ways of dealing with your tinnitus if it’s something that’s bothering you.
In that, you’re in luck because while tinnitus doesn’t yet have a universal cure, there are a few novel treatments that can help you deal with symptoms. Some of those therapies even involve your tongue.
The Most Recent Way to Handle Tinnitus
One of the latest treatment options for tinnitus seems a little unusual at first but does seem to show some promise. Both the tongue and the ear are stimulated with this device designed at the Trinity School of Medicine in Dublin. Bi-modal neurostimulation is the technical term for this technique.
The results were rather striking with this device based on the first tests. Most individuals underwent treatments for a duration of twelve weeks or so. Those same people noticed a substantial reduction in their tinnitus symptoms, and the results continued for up to twelve months. But until the testing phase is completed it won’t be widely available.
How Can I Find Relief From my Tinnitus Now?
Naturally, it takes a while for devices to go from research and development to patient availability. So how can you control your tinnitus now?
There are, fortunately, some tinnitus therapy devices that has recently come onto the market. And one of the best new ways to manage tinnitus is something you’ve probably already heard of: your hearing aid.
It works like this:
Your hearing aid can provide you with something else to listen to. When you start to lose your hearing, the sounds of the outside world 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 change the volume of your tinnitus, but it could make the ringing less noticeable.
Your hearing aid can mask the noise. A masking device may be the way to go if your hearing loss is minor. A hearing aid has a similar appearance to a masking device. And masking technology can be combined with modern hearing aids. Your tinnitus symptoms can be obscured by sounds produced by this type of technology. Whatever sound will best mask the ringing in your ears will be used, it may be a specific tone or even white noise.
This is, of course, only the beginning. We can help you find the best choice for you so get in touch with us.