New Research Into Tinnitus Leads to New Treatments

Man gets tinnitus relief with hearing aids.

Tinnitus has been around for a long time. But maybe it’s new to you, like a loud used car you can’t return. Usually, though not always, tinnitus presents as a ceaseless ringing or buzzing in the ears. The sound can be, at times, extremely loud. Regardless of how tinnitus is experienced by you, this point is most likely true: if tinnitus is troubling you, you may be searching for some new ways to deal with your symptoms.

In that, you’re lucky because while tinnitus does not yet have a universal cure, there are a few novel treatments that can help you deal with symptoms. Certain of those therapies even involve your tongue.

The Most Recent Way to Handle Tinnitus

Possibly the most novel tinnitus therapy to hit our radar appears to offer a lot of promise, even if it appears a little odd initially. This device, designed 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 striking with this device according to the first tests. Most people underwent treatments for a duration of twelve weeks or so. Over those 12 months, those same individuals noted a dramatic decrease in tinnitus symptoms. But this type of therapy is still in testing and not widely available yet.

What Can I do Now to Get Tinnitus Relief?

Naturally, it takes years for devices to work their way from research and development to patient availability. So how can you control your tinnitus right now?

Fortunately, there are some newer tinnitus management devices on the market today. And one of the best new ways to manage tinnitus is something you’ve likely already heard of: your hearing aid.

Here’s how it works:

External sounds are boosted by hearing aids. When you start to lose your hearing, external get quieter and that can make the internal sounds of tinnitus get louder. A hearing aid can raise the volume on the rest of the audio spectrum. By boosting the volume of outside sounds, your tinnitus sounds will often vanish into the background.

Your hearing aid can mask the sound. A masking device may be the way to go if your hearing loss is minor. A hearing aid has a comparable appearance to a masking device. And masking technology can be combined with modern hearing aids. This technology can emit sounds specially 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.

This is, of course, only the beginning. We can demonstrate devices that work best for tinnitus. Contact us.

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