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Man gets tinnitus relief with hearing aids.

Tinnitus is nothing new. But it might be the first time you have had to deal with it. A constant ringing or buzzing is usually how tinnitus manifests but not always. The sound can be, at times, really loud. Regardless of how tinnitus manifests for you, this point is most likely true: you are most likely searching for new ways of handling your tinnitus if it’s something that’s bothering you.

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

The Newest Way to Handle Tinnitus

Perhaps the newest tinnitus treatment that we’ve seen does indeed offer quite a bit of promise, even if it seems a little strange at first. This device, developed at the Trinity College School of Medicine in Dublin, stimulates both the tongue and ear. Technically, it’s called bi-modal neuromodulation.

The results were rather impressive with this device according to the first tests. Most individuals underwent treatments for a duration of twelve weeks or so. Those same people noted a substantial decrease in their tinnitus symptoms, and the results lasted up to twelve months. But until the testing phase is completed it won’t be generally available.

How Can I Get Relief From my Tinnitus Now?

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

Luckily, there are some newer tinnitus therapy devices available today. And the most prevalent way to deal with 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 begin to lose your hearing, the sounds of the outside world 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.

Your hearing aid can mask the sound. A masking device could be the answer if your hearing loss is minor. A masking device essentially looks like a hearing aid. And masking technology can be integrated into modern hearing aids. This technology will 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, naturally, only the beginning. We can demonstrate devices that work best with tinnitus. Contact us.

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