Tinnitus has been around for a long time. But maybe it’s new to you, like a noisy used car you can’t take back. Normally, though not always, tinnitus reveals itself as a ceaseless ringing or buzzing in the ears. At times, the sound is quite overwhelming. Symptoms fluctuate considerably, but this is the point: if tinnitus is troubling you, you may be looking for some new ways to manage your symptoms.
In that, you’re in luck because while tinnitus does not yet have an overall cure, there are a few novel treatments that can help you manage symptoms. Certain of those therapies even concern your tongue.
The Newest Way to Manage Tinnitus
Possibly the most novel tinnitus therapy that we’ve seen appears to offer quite a bit of promise, even if it seems a little strange initially. This device, designed at the Trinity College School of Medicine in Dublin, stimulates both the tongue and ear. Bi-modal neurostimulation is the technical term for this technique.
According to the first tests of this device, the results were fairly striking. Most people underwent treatments for a duration of twelve weeks or so. Those same people noted a substantial reduction in their tinnitus symptoms, and the results lasted up to twelve months. But this type of therapy is still in the testing phase and not extensively available yet.
How Can I Find Relief From my Tinnitus Now?
Unfortunately, it will probably be quite a while before novel therapies such as this are widely available. So how can you control your tinnitus right now?
Luckily, there are some newer tinnitus therapy devices available now. And the most common way to handle your tinnitus is a modern hearing aid.
Here’s how it works:
Your hearing aid can provide you with something else to listen to. When you begin losing your hearing, external get quieter and that can make the internal sounds of tinnitus become louder. A hearing aid can boost the volume on the rest of the audio spectrum. By raising the volume of outside sounds, your tinnitus sounds will often fade into the background.
There is a noise masking device comparable to a modern hearing aid. A masking device may be the answer 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. This technology can produce sounds designed to mask your tinnitus symptoms. In some cases this will be a tone, in other cases, it may be some white noise. Whatever is going to best hide the humming in your ears.
This is, obviously, only the beginning. We can help you find the best option for you so get in touch with us.