Tinnitus has been present for a long time. But it might be the first time you have had to deal with it. Normally, though not always, tinnitus presents as an incessant ringing or buzzing in the ears. Often, the sound is really intense. Symptoms vary significantly, but here’s the point: you are most likely looking for new ways of dealing with your tinnitus if it’s something that’s bothering you.
Fortunately, new therapies and treatments are being developed that aren’t cures for tinnitus but can help you deal with it. Your tongue is even involved in certain of those treatments.
The Most Recent Way to Handle Tinnitus
One of the latest treatment options for tinnitus seems somewhat odd at first but does appear to show some hope. Both the tongue and the ear are stimulated with this device developed at the Trinity School of Medicine in Dublin. The technical term is bi-modal neuromodulation.
The results were fairly impressive with this device according to the first tests. Most people received treatments for twelve weeks or so. Within those 12 months, those same individuals noticed a dramatic reduction in tinnitus symptoms. But until the testing phase is complete it won’t be publicly available.
How Can I Get Relief From my Tinnitus Now?
Naturally, it takes a while for devices to work their way from research and development to patient availability. So how can you manage your tinnitus right now?
There are, fortunately, some tinnitus management technology that has recently been released. And one of the best new methods of managing tinnitus is something you’ve most likely already heard of: your hearing aid.
Here’s how it works:
Your hearing aid can give you something else to listen to. One reason why tinnitus is more apparent as your hearing wanes is that the ringing is the only thing that stays loud while everything else becomes quieter. The volume of the exterior world is boosted by hearing aids. That doesn’t change the volume of your tinnitus, but it could make the ringing less noticeable.
Your hearing aid can mask the sound. If your hearing loss is relatively 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 integrated into modern hearing aids. Your tinnitus symptoms can be masked by sounds emitted by this type of technology. In some cases this will be a tone, in other cases, it may be some white noise. Whatever will best hide the ringing in your ears.
Of course, this is only a starting point. We can show you devices that work best with tinnitus. Contact us.