Tinnitus isn’t new. But perhaps it’s new to you, like a loud used car you can’t return. A relentless ringing or buzzing is commonly how tinnitus is experienced but not always. Sometimes, the sound is quite overwhelming. Symptoms fluctuate significantly, but this is the point: you are probably 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 does not yet have a universal cure, there are a few new treatments that can help you manage symptoms. Certain of those therapies even involve your tongue.
Newest Approaches to Tinnitus
Arguably the most novel tinnitus therapy that we’ve seen does indeed offer quite a bit of promise, even if it sounds a little unusual at first. This device, designed at the Trinity College School of Medicine in Dublin, stimulates both the tongue and ear. The technical term is bi-modal neuromodulation.
According to the first tests of this device, the results were rather optimistic. 12 weeks was about the duration that most individuals were treated. Those same people detected a significant decrease in their tinnitus symptoms, and the results lasted up to twelve months. But until the testing phase is completed it won’t be publicly available.
How Can I Find Tinnitus Relief Now?
Regrettably, it will probably be quite a while before novel treatments such as this are widely accessible. So how can you control your tinnitus right now?
There are, fortunately, some tinnitus therapy technology that has recently come onto the market. And one of the best new methods of managing tinnitus is something you’ve probably already heard of: your hearing aid.
It works like this:
External sounds are boosted by hearing aids. When you start to lose your hearing, the sounds of the outside world get quieter and that can make the internal sounds of tinnitus get louder. A hearing aid can boost the volume on the rest of the audio spectrum. That doesn’t lower the volume of your tinnitus, but it could make the ringing less obvious.
Your hearing aid can mask the sound. If your hearing loss is fairly moderate, then a masking device might be the best way to treat your symptoms. A hearing aid has a similar appearance to a masking device. And some hearing aids can be augmented with masking technology. This technology will produce sounds designed to mask your tinnitus symptoms. Whatever the best sound is to mask the ringing in your ears will be used, from white noise to a specific tone.
Obviously, this is only a starting point. We can show you devices that work best with tinnitus. Give us a call.