New Research Into Tinnitus Leads to New Treatment Options

Man gets tinnitus relief with hearing aids.

Tinnitus isn’t new. But it might be the first time you have had to deal with it. Usually, though not always, tinnitus reveals itself as a ceaseless ringing or buzzing in the ears. The sound can be, at times, really loud. However tinnitus is experienced by you, this point is probably true: you are probably searching for new ways of coping with your tinnitus if it’s something that’s bothering you.

In that, you’re in luck because while tinnitus does not yet have an overall cure, there are a few novel treatments that can help you manage symptoms. Some of those therapies even concern your tongue.

Most Recent Approaches to Tinnitus

One of the most recent treatment options for tinnitus seems a little unusual at first but does seem to show some promise. This device, developed 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 fairly striking with this device based on the first tests. 12 weeks was about the duration that most people were treated. Over those 12 months, those same individuals observed a dramatic decrease in tinnitus symptoms. But until the testing phase is completed it won’t be extensively available.

How Can I Find Relief From my Tinnitus Now?

Regrettably, it will probably be quite a while before novel solutions like this are widely accessible. So perhaps you’re curious about what you can do now to help deal with your tinnitus.

There are, luckily, some tinnitus therapy devices that has recently come onto the market. And one of the best new ways to manage tinnitus is something you’ve likely already heard of: your hearing aid.

Here’s the way it works:

External sounds are boosted by hearing aids. When you begin losing 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 disappear into the background.

Your hearing aid can mask the noise. A masking device could be the way to go if your hearing loss is mild. A hearing aid has a comparable appearance to a masking device. And masking technology can be combined with modern hearing aids. This technology can produce sounds specially designed to mask your tinnitus symptoms. At times this will be a tone, in other situations, it might be some white noise. Whatever will best hide the humming in your ears.

Obviously, this is just a starting point. We can demonstrate devices that work best with tinnitus. Contact us.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.


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