Tinnitus has been present for a long time. 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. The sound can be, at times, very loud. However tinnitus manifests for you, this point is probably true: you are most likely searching for new ways of coping with your tinnitus if it’s something that’s troubling you.
In that, you’re in luck because while tinnitus doesn’t yet have an overall cure, there are a few new therapies that can help you manage symptoms. Your tongue is even involved in some of those therapies.
The Newest Way to Manage Tinnitus
One of the newest treatments for tinnitus seems a bit odd at first but does appear to show some hope. Both the tongue and the ear are stimulated with this device designed at the Trinity School of Medicine in Dublin. 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 people were treated. Those same people detected a substantial reduction in their tinnitus symptoms, and the results lasted up to twelve months. But until the testing phase is finished it won’t be generally available.
What Can I do Now to Find Tinnitus Relief?
Regrettably, it will most likely be quite a while before novel solutions such as this are broadly available. So maybe you’re wondering what can be done now to help control your tinnitus.
There are, luckily, some tinnitus therapy technology that has recently come onto the market. And the most prevalent way to deal with your tinnitus is a modern hearing aid.
Here’s how it works:
Your hearing aid can provide you with something else to listen to. One reason why tinnitus is more noticeable as your hearing wanes is that the ringing is the only thing that stays loud while everything else gets 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 disappear into the background.
Your hearing aid can mask the sound. If your hearing loss is fairly minor, then a masking device might be the best way to treat your symptoms. A hearing aid has a comparable appearance to a masking device. And some hearing aids can be augmented with masking technology. This technology can produce sounds specially designed to mask your tinnitus symptoms. Sometimes this will be a tone, in other cases, it may be some white noise. Whatever will best hide the humming in your ears.
Obviously, this is just a starting point. We can demonstrate devices that work best with tinnitus. Give us a call.