Category Archives: Tinnitus

Will treatment to my jaw help tinnitus?

Tinnitus or ringing in the ears is a common symptom that can have many different etiologies.Tinnitus is called somatosensory (or somatic) tinnitus if it is influenced by the neck (cervical) or jaw (TMJ).  In fact, 12–43% of patients with subjective tinnitus fall under one or both of these categories! A few diagnostic factors that your […]

What are the symptoms of somatosensory tinnitus?

Individual patients with somatosensory tinnitus can present with a large set of different symptoms. Therefore, it is challenging to define how common it is to have somatosensory tinnitus and therefore, direct symptoms! In fact, research says the prevalence varies from 16% to 83% depending on the study. This doesn’t help clinicians or patients much as […]

If you have this going on, it could be a reason for your tinnitus

If you have this going on, it could be the reason for your tinnitus Tinnitus is the phantom sensation of sound in the absence of overt acoustic stimulation. Somatosensory tinnitus is a cause of subjective tinnitus that should be taken into account in patients with signs and symptoms of cervical pain and dysfunction, especially those […]

Is BPPV related to Tinnitus?

What is Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)? BPPV relief at PhysioFit of North Carolina in Wake Forest, NC Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is defined by repeated episodes of acute, short, paroxysmal vertigo, provoked by changes in head position relative to gravity. BPPV is the most common type of vertigo that a physical therapist treats […]

Can Manual Therapy help Tinnitus?

I thought tinnitus is just treated by hearing aids Tinnitus has a prevalence of 15% among the adult population. The problems are normally due to the ear but approximately 40% of these tinnitus patients suffer from somatic tinnitus due to somatosensory changes of the cervical spine or temporomandibular area (Michiels et al 2016). Somatosensory tinnitus […]

These tests can help rule in that tinnitus is coming from your neck

Tinnitus can come from your neck. To start, tinnitus is defined as the perception of sound without an accompanying external auditory stimulus. Subjective tinnitus, often perceived as a nonspecific buzzing, tonal sound, hissing, humming, ringing, or roaring, can be triggered by a variety of causes. One of these causes is from the neck (cervical spine) […]

Does your ear ring louder when you clench your jaw?

Ringing in your ear could be tinnitus. Tinnitus is defined as the conscious perception and reaction to a sound in the absence of a matching external acoustic stimulus, commonly described as a phantom perception. A subtype of tinnitus is called somatosensory tinnitus. In a certain percentage of people, modulation of tinnitus can be made through […]

Push these 5 trigger points for somatosensory tinnitus

Tinnitus is defined is the perception of sound in the absence of an acoustic external stimulus. To a person, this correlates to a bothersome auditory perception of noise. There can be many reasons why an individual has these symptoms. A subtype of subjective tinnitus is called somatosensory tinnitus. This basically means that in some individuals, […]

Can moving your eyes cause tinnitus?

Can moving your eyes cause tinnitus? The diagnosis of tinnitus involves patient history taken, clinical examination, neuropsychological assessments, and audiometric and tinnitus tests. Even though self-pressure in itself is not a full diagnostic exam (we recommend reading another post on diagnosis here), it can be part of a physical examination. Somatosensory tinnitus can be confirmed […]