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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 cope with it. A constant ringing or buzzing is normally how tinnitus manifests but not always. The sound can be, at times, extremely loud. Regardless of how tinnitus is experienced by you, this point is probably true: if tinnitus is bothering you, you might be searching for some new ways to control your symptoms.

In that, you’re lucky because while tinnitus does not yet have an overall cure, there are a few new therapies that can help you deal with symptoms. Some of those therapies even concern your tongue.

Newest Approaches to Tinnitus

One of the most recent treatments for tinnitus sounds somewhat odd at first but does appear to show some hope. Both the tongue and the ear are stimulated with this device developed at the Trinity School of Medicine in Dublin. Bi-modal neurostimulation is the technical term for this technique.

Based on the first tests of this device, the results were pretty impressive. Most people underwent treatments for a duration of twelve weeks or so. Those same people noticed a substantial reduction in their tinnitus symptoms, and the results lasted up to twelve months. But this type of therapy is still in testing and not generally available yet.

How Can I Find Relief From my Tinnitus Now?

Regrettably, it will most likely be quite some time before novel solutions such as this are widely available. So perhaps you’re wondering what you can do now to help manage your tinnitus.

Fortunately, there are some newer tinnitus management devices on the market today. And the most prevalent way to manage your tinnitus is a modern hearing aid.

Here’s how it works:

Everyday sounds are enhanced by hearing aids. When you begin losing your hearing, the sounds of the outside world diminish and that can make the internal sounds of tinnitus get louder. The volume of the exterior world is raised by hearing aids. That doesn’t change the volume of your tinnitus, but it might make the ringing less obvious.

Your hearing aid can mask the noise. If your hearing loss is relatively moderate, then a masking device might be the best way to address your symptoms. A hearing aid has a similar appearance to a masking device. And some hearing aids can be augmented with masking technology. This technology can produce sounds designed to mask your tinnitus symptoms. In some cases this will be a tone, in other situations, it may be some white noise. Whatever will best hide the humming in your ears.

Needless to say, this is only a starting point. We can show you devices that work best with tinnitus. Contact us.

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