These 3 factors could mean more relief with your somatosensory tinnitus

These 3 factors could mean more relief with your 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, the pitch and loudness of the tinnitus can be modulated or adjusted from movements of the neck, jaw, eyes and turning the head.

We have written several articles about somatosensory tinnitus before but none about prognostic factors. Until now.

It is always difficult to give patients a prognosis without first a thorough evaluation and even response to treatment.

With that said, here are 3 factors from Sanchez & Rocha’s work in 2010.

The authors found the following 3 items are associated with greater improvement in somatosensory tinnitus:

  1. Normal hearing

    • This is determined by the presence of symmetric pure tone thresholds in both ears (normal or abnormal)

  2. Unilateral or asymmetric tinnitus

    • This is determined by the presence of just one sided symptoms.

  3. Chronic pain

    • The details of chronic pain is beyond the scope of this blog post, but generally speaking, chronic pain has been recognized as persistent signals to the central nervous system.

    • One aspect of chronic pain can be the presence of myofascial trigger points.

    • The treatment of myofascial trigger points can be associated with more success of someone who has somatosensory tinnitus.

      • You can read a previous post of ours on Myofascial Trigger Points for Somatosensory Tinnitus.

Again, there are many factors that go into providing you a prognosis. A detailed subjective and physical examination, followed by response to treatment over time is the most appropriate way we can provide a prognosis.

I hope this can help you figure out other strategies to help yourself! Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or looking for traetment.