Tinnitus has been present for a long time. But it might be the first time you have had to deal with it. A constant buzzing or ringing is usually how tinnitus manifests but not always. Often, the sound is quite intense. Symptoms fluctuate considerably, but this is the point: if tinnitus is bothering you, you might be looking for some new ways to control your symptoms.
Fortunately, new therapies and treatments are being formulated that aren’t cures for tinnitus but can help you manage it. Certain of those therapies even concern your tongue.
The Newest Way to Handle Tinnitus
Arguably the newest tinnitus treatment to hit our radar does indeed offer quite a bit of potential, even if it appears a little odd at first. Both the ear and the tongue are stimulated with this device developed 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 rather optimistic. 12 weeks was about the duration that most people were treated. Over those 12 months, those same individuals noticed a dramatic reduction in tinnitus symptoms. But until the testing phase is completed it won’t be publicly available.
How Can I Find Relief From my Tinnitus Now?
Of course, it takes a while for technology to go from research and development to patient accessibility. So how can you control your tinnitus now?
There are, fortunately, some tinnitus management devices that has recently been released. And the most common way to manage your tinnitus is a modern hearing aid.
Here’s the way it works:
Everyday sounds are enhanced by hearing aids. One reason why tinnitus is more apparent as you lose your hearing is that the stays loud while everything else gets quieter. A hearing aid can boost the volume on the rest of the audio spectrum. That doesn’t change the volume of your tinnitus, but it could make the ringing less obvious.
There is a noise masking device similar to a modern hearing aid. A masking device could be the answer if your hearing loss is minor. A hearing aid has a comparable appearance to a masking device. And most hearing aids can be augmented with masking technology. Your tinnitus symptoms can be obscured by sounds produced by this type of technology. Sometimes 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, of course, only the beginning. We can show you devices that work best for tinnitus. Contact us.