Tinnitus is not new. But it might be the first time you have had to cope with it. A constant ringing or buzzing is normally how tinnitus is experienced but not always. At times, the sound is quite overwhelming. Symptoms fluctuate significantly, but here’s the point: you are probably searching for new ways of handling your tinnitus if it’s something that’s bothering you.
In that, you’re in luck because while tinnitus does not yet have an overall cure, there are a few novel therapies that can help you deal with symptoms. Your tongue is even involved in some of those treatments.
Most Recent Approaches to Tinnitus
One of the latest treatment options for tinnitus sounds a little odd at first but does seem to show some hope. 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 fairly impressive with this device according to the first tests. Most individuals received treatments for twelve weeks or so. Those same people detected 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 extensively available.
How Can I Find Relief From my Tinnitus Now?
Naturally, it takes a while for technology to go from research and development to patient availability. So perhaps you’re wondering what you can do now to help manage your tinnitus.
Fortunately, there are some newer tinnitus therapy 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 how it works:
Your hearing aid can give you something else to listen to. When you start to lose your hearing, external 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 raising the volume of external sounds, your tinnitus sounds will often disappear into the background.
Your hearing aid can mask the noise. A masking device could be the answer if your hearing loss is mild. A hearing aid has a comparable appearance to a masking device. And some hearing aids can be enhanced with masking technology. This technology can produce sounds designed to mask your tinnitus symptoms. In some cases this will be a tone, in other cases, it might be some white noise. Whatever is going to best hide the humming in your ears.
This is, naturally, only the beginning. We can help you find the best choice for you so call us for a consultation.