New Research Into Tinnitus Leads to New Therapies

Man gets tinnitus relief with hearing aids.

Tinnitus isn’t new. But maybe it’s new to you, like a loud used car you can’t return. A constant ringing or buzzing is commonly how tinnitus manifests but not always. Often, the sound is very intense. Symptoms vary significantly, but this is the point: if tinnitus is bothering you, you might be searching for some new ways to deal with your symptoms.

Fortunately, new therapies and treatment options are being formulated that aren’t cures for tinnitus but can help you deal with it. Some of those therapies even concern your tongue.

Newest Approaches to Tinnitus

Perhaps the most novel tinnitus therapy to hit our radar appears to offer quite a bit of promise, even if it seems a little strange at first. 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 approach.

The results were rather striking with this device based on the first tests. 12 weeks was about the duration that most people were treated. Within those 12 months, those same people observed a dramatic decrease in tinnitus symptoms. But this kind of therapy is still in testing and not generally available yet.

How Can I Get Relief From my Tinnitus Now?

Regrettably, it will probably be quite some time before novel therapies such as this are widely available. So how can you deal with your tinnitus now?

There are, luckily, some tinnitus therapy technology that has recently been released. And the most common way to handle your tinnitus is a modern hearing aid.

It works like this:

Your hearing aid can provide you with something else to listen to. One reason why tinnitus becomes more apparent as you lose your hearing is that the ringing is the only thing that stays loud while everything else gets quieter. The volume of the outside world is raised by hearing aids. That doesn’t change the volume of your tinnitus, but it could make the ringing less obvious.

Your hearing aid can mask the sound. If your hearing loss is fairly moderate, then a masking device might be the best way to deal with your symptoms. A masking device basically looks like a hearing aid. And masking technology can be integrated into modern hearing aids. This technology will emit sounds specially designed to mask your tinnitus symptoms. Whatever sound will best mask the ringing in your ears will be used, from white noise to a specific tone.

This is, naturally, just the beginning. We can help you choose the best choice for you so call us for a consultation.

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