New Research Into Tinnitus Leads to New Treatment Options

Man gets tinnitus relief with hearing aids.

Tinnitus is not new. But perhaps it’s new to you, like a noisy used car you can’t return. A relentless ringing or buzzing is usually how tinnitus manifests but not always. The sound can be, at times, extremely loud. Symptoms vary substantially, 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.

In that, you’re lucky because while tinnitus doesn’t yet have an overall cure, there are a few novel treatments that can help you manage symptoms. Your tongue is even involved in some of those treatments.

Newest Approaches to Tinnitus

Possibly the newest tinnitus therapy that we’ve seen does indeed offer a lot of potential, even if it appears a little strange initially. This device, developed at the Trinity College School of Medicine in Dublin, stimulates both the tongue and ear. Bi-modal neurostimulation is the technical term for this method.

The results were rather impressive with this device according to the first tests. 12 weeks was about the duration that most individuals were treated. Within those 12 months, those same people noticed a dramatic reduction in tinnitus symptoms. But this type of therapy is still in testing and not widely available yet.

What Can I do Now to Find Tinnitus Relief?

Of course, it takes a while for technology to work their way from research and development to patient accessibility. So how can you deal with your tinnitus right now?

There are, fortunately, some tinnitus management devices that has recently been released. And the most prevalent way to handle your tinnitus is a modern hearing aid.

Here’s the way it works:

Your hearing aid can provide you with something else to listen to. When you start to lose your hearing, external diminish 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. That doesn’t lower the volume of your tinnitus, but it might make the ringing less obvious.

There is a sound masking device similar to a modern hearing aid. If your hearing loss is fairly mild, then a masking device might be the best way to deal with your symptoms. A hearing aid has a comparable appearance to a masking device. And many hearing aids can be enhanced with masking technology. This technology can produce sounds specially 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.

This is, of course, only the beginning. We can help you choose the best choice for you so get in touch with us.

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