Tinnitus isn’t new. But it might be the first time you have had to deal with it. A constant ringing or buzzing is commonly how tinnitus is experienced but not always. Often, the sound is quite overwhelming. Symptoms vary significantly, but here’s the point: if tinnitus is bothering you, you might be looking for some new ways to manage your symptoms.
The good news is that new therapies and treatment options are being formulated that aren’t cures for tinnitus but can help you manage it. Some of those therapies even involve your tongue.
Most Recent Approaches to Tinnitus
Possibly the most novel tinnitus therapy that we’ve seen does indeed offer quite a bit of promise, even if it sounds a little unusual initially. Both the ear and the tongue are stimulated with this device designed at the Trinity School of Medicine in Dublin. The technical term is bi-modal neuromodulation.
According to the first tests of this device, the results were pretty striking. 12 weeks was about how long most individuals were treated. Over those 12 months, those same individuals noted a dramatic decrease in tinnitus symptoms. But until the testing phase is finished it won’t be extensively available.
What Can I do Now to Get Tinnitus Relief?
Naturally, it takes years for devices to go from research and development to patient availability. So how can you deal with your tinnitus right now?
There are, fortunately, some tinnitus management technology that has recently come onto the market. And the most prevalent way to handle your tinnitus is a modern hearing aid.
Here’s how it works:
External sounds are boosted by hearing aids. One reason why tinnitus is more obvious as your hearing wanes is that the ringing is the only thing that stays loud while everything else becomes quieter. The volume of the outside world is boosted by hearing aids. That doesn’t change the volume of your tinnitus, but it could make the ringing less obvious.
There is a sound masking device similar to a modern hearing aid. If your hearing loss is fairly mild, then a masking device may be the best way to address your symptoms. A hearing aid has a comparable appearance to a masking device. And masking technology can be combined with modern hearing aids. This technology can emit sounds designed to mask your tinnitus symptoms. 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.
Obviously, this is only a starting point. We can help you choose the best option for you so get in touch with us.