Tinnitus has been around for a long time. But maybe it’s new to you, like a loud used car you can’t take back. A relentless buzzing or ringing is commonly how tinnitus manifests but not always. Often, the sound is really overwhelming. Symptoms fluctuate substantially, but here’s the point: if tinnitus is bothering you, you may be searching for some new ways to control your symptoms.
In that, you’re in luck because while tinnitus does not yet have an overall cure, there are a few novel therapies that can help you deal with symptoms. Your tongue is even involved in certain of those therapies.
Newest Approaches to Tinnitus
One of the latest treatment options for tinnitus seems somewhat unusual at first but does seem to show some promise. This device, designed at the Trinity College School of Medicine in Dublin, stimulates both the ear and the tongue. Bi-modal neurostimulation is the technical term for this technique.
The results were rather impressive with this device according to the first tests. Most individuals underwent treatments for twelve weeks or so. Within those 12 months, those same individuals observed a dramatic decrease in tinnitus symptoms. But until the testing phase is complete it won’t be widely available.
How Can I Find Tinnitus Relief Now?
Naturally, it takes years for technology to work their way from research and development to patient availability. So how can you control your tinnitus now?
There are, fortunately, some tinnitus therapy technology that has recently come onto the market. And the most common way to manage your tinnitus is a modern hearing aid.
It works like this:
Everyday sounds are enhanced by hearing aids. 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 raised by hearing aids. That doesn’t change the volume of your tinnitus, but it might make the ringing less obvious.
There is a noise masking device similar to a modern hearing aid. A masking device might be the answer if your hearing loss is mild. A hearing aid has a similar appearance to a masking device. And masking technology can be combined with modern hearing aids. This technology can emit sounds designed to mask your tinnitus symptoms. Whatever the best sound is to mask the ringing in your ears will be used, it may be a specific tone or even white noise.
Of course, this is only a starting point. We can help you discover the best choice for you so call us for a consultation.