Originally Posted by JPMom
Strange thing - I have this continuous low humming in my ear that comes and goes. Right now it's on. When I speak, I don't hear it. When I stop speaking, I hear it again.
Anyone else have this or know what it could possibly be?
Odd, my tinnitus that began out of nowhere in 2010 works exactly the same way. I think it has to do with muscle spasm of the middle ear (stapedial or tensor tympani myoclonus). These muscles are actually reacting to sound input by vibrating at a high frequency or tensing (my theory, at least, based in part on research of clinical papers).
I don't have the Hum all the time, but when I do, the sound fills in the gaps between noise, especially human voices. Even dialogue on the television will suppress it momentarily, but as soon as the actors are quiet, the hum kicks right back in.
Can you plug the ear firmly with a finger and achieve momentary relief?
I don't have any long-term solutions...I know that caffeine, barometric pressure changes, and too much sodium seem to aggravate mine, because sometimes the ear has the hum and other times, it doesn't, and I've tied these factors into times when it's been at its worst.