Tinnitus changes with head movement - possible answer
I posted this in the inner ear forum as well...
I have noticed that I can increase my tinnitus when I turn my head forcibly
in either direction - meaning once I get to my limit of my head movement..if
I try to move the muscles in my neck to force it further, the tinnitus gets
worse. Also, I have noticed that when I move a certain muscle in my jaw or
try to hold my jaw shut and forcibly open it (or stretch it real wide), my
I have had an ENT tell me that I do have slight high frequency hearing loss
in my left ear (the ear with tinnitus). I am going back in a couple months
for another hearing test to make sure there is nothing progressive
happening. In addition, I have had some slight neck, shoulder, cheek, and
ear pain. I just went to a TMJ specialist a few days ago and he seemed to
know exactly what was causing my tinnitus. He said my posture was causing
some neck and shoulder muscles to become overused - I sit behind a computer
at work 8 hours a day and then go home and do the same thing. I do not sit
with the best posture either. The TMJ specialist stated there was a tendon
or muscle within the neck that connected to part of the area by the middle
ear (can't remember exactly) and was trying to compensate for my other
stressed muscles. He said this was causing my tinnitus. He gave me a
plethra of excercises to do and gave me some muscle relaxers to help. In
addition, he wanted me to take Calcium+D, Magnesium, and Zinc.
I have been doing the excercises for about 3 days now and so far on average,
the tinnitus seems to be about the same. I just hope this helps. If
not...I guess I'll just go on and deal with it.
But, in the TMJ specialist's defense...he was the BEST doctor I have ever
been too. He spent over an hour with me!!!
He seemed to laugh when I told him that my other doctors, including my ENT
didn't know too much about tinnitus and the possible effects TMJ and other
skeletal/muscular problems had on it.
Another doctor was in the room whom taught at a local university med school.
He was observing. He said they try and try to pound these kind of things
into med students, but for some reason, they just don't hold on to it.
I felt really good in that office...like I was with someone who cared.
Also, the TMJ specialist wrote a chapter in one of the med school books used
across the U.S.
I have a similar tinnitus hissing noise which increases on neck movement.
I have read its better for the neck if we learn to sleep on our back and not the side or stomach, there is less neck strain, its tricky to do but it does seem to help.
Could you describe the excercises you were told to do, any thing unusual, every bit helps!
It has been a long time since we have heard from you. Just wondering how you are doing. Last time you wrote in you were going to have an MRI done. Did you get that done yet?
I'm still having the same problem. I started to take sudafed and it has helped quite a bit. Still getting the pulsating sounds when I bend over or turn my head a certain way. This has been going on for 8 months, I guess I should get to an ENT doctor. My regular doctor says its ETD and to keep taking my allergy pills.
Hi Awiikiol I just had a few questions for you, I too have a very similar problem as you. If I bend down or move my head I get this pulsating tinnitus. I have been dealing with this since February and my doctor really gives me no answer. My questions is how long have you had your symptoms and what kind of test did they do if any.
I do believe I suffer from TMJ and should probably get to a specialist soon. Could you share these exercises with us. I'm very interested in trying them out. At this point I would try anything.
I did have an MRI scan and got the results over the phone just a couple of days ago, which was normal. So at least it rules out a few things (well at least it means I don't have to worry about certain conditions which should help to lower my stress levels !)
The constant hissing/occasional ringing is very much there, I can do lots of things to make it worse, turning head, twisting neck to the side, clenching teeth etc, but nothing to make it better.
It could be a neck muscle/tendon problem so I'm trying all sorts of excercises and I going for an Indian head/neck massage soon which may help. In case its a circulation problem I'm taking some gigko biloba but it hasn't helped so far.
I'm also congested in the mornings, blocked tubes means more deafness which increases the level of the tinnitus evn if it dosen't cause it, I've put anti-dust mite covers on the mattress, hasn't helped so the next stage is to stop taking dairy products.
I know at the end of the day there are certain things you have to live with, but it doesn't mean you have to go down without some sort of fight.
That is wonderful news about your MRI Results. I too am very congested in one of my nostrils. The funny thing is is that one side will be congested and then the other one will be, its back & forth. Try the Sudafed it really does help a lot. It says to take two but I only take one and I get a lot of relief. This morning I woke up and when I bent down I did not get the hissing/pulsating sound it was wonderful. I also started to push or put pressure in my ear and I could not hear it as well. It seems the mornings are great but then once I'm up and attem it starts all over again, bend over I start to hear it, move my head a certain direction, start to hear it. One good thing about mine is it is not constant, just moving my head a certain direction or bending over creates the tininitus. I too am begining to think its definetly muscluar as well.