I am, and have been suffering for many years, with pulsatile tinnitus in my right ear. I am under the care of a head/neck surgeon/ENT at the time. Have had MRI of my brain and auditory canal and nothing was found. I now have to have an MRA/MRV MRI which will check the veins and arteries in my neck and head. I know finding a reason to many types of tinnitus can be elusive, but mine is driving me nuts. I do have TMJ and notice when my jaw is hurting, I also have terrible pain at the base of my skull and then the noise in my ear is louder. Beginning to think it may be linked to that.
After you have exhausted exploring medical causes of the tinnitus - should medical drs not find anything or advise you to just live with it - search for a cranial chiro that uses applied kinesiology (try ICAK or Int'l Chiropractors of Applied Kinesiology) or search for a upper cervical chiropractor (try NUCCA - Nat's Upper Cervical Chiroprators Assoc) or orthogonist/orthogonal chiropractor. The base of the skull sits on the atlas and axis (c1 and c2) - unless the discs are herniated or bulging most medical drs won't recognize or acknowledge that they are off center or misaligned or the fact that tmj over time can result in the lower jaw being mispositioned which then pushes the atlas and axis off center - many times the tinnitus is due to some cranial or cervical (aka c-spine) misalignment or what non-med drs refer to as subluxation.
Last edited by Thelma-Louise; 04-13-2009 at 08:06 AM.
The ear sounds are what made me discover my TMJ, sounds like that's your possiblity. Along with spinal adjustments, some people reccomment cranial sacral work too. I'm in the process of giving it a shot now.
Thank you - I have been starting to think maybe it has something to do with my neck - I have constant pain at the base of my skull - have for years. I have fibromyalgia also but if this next test I have shows nothing, I am going to try your suggestions. Again, thanks!! MaryAnn
No problem, docs don't seem to know what to do. At least w/ complimentary medicine there aren't side effects. I get roaring sounnds, sometimes they pulse with my heartbeat, often louder when I move my head. Sometimes some buzzing for no reason. Can you describe your sounds, I'm just curious. THANKS
Yes, very annoying, sometimes I'm afraid it's just going to make me crazy. But I made an appt w/ a dentist in VA who's also a TMJ specialist, I'm going to make sure I get a MRI, maybe a CT or utlrasound too, but def a MRI. I found out that it's easier to find causes of the pulsing tinnitus b/c it's offten related to the vascular things too, ie blood vessels, tumors etc...search vasuclar and tinnitus and you'll see a ton of stuff online. So I figure I need to make 100% sure that something else isn't wrong. Will keep you posted, appt is May 18
i'VE HAD MRI I'VE HAD MY NECK LOOK FOR PROBLEM WITH VEINS .I'VE HAD MY HEARING CHECK DOCTORS DONT KNOW, I JUST PRAY FOR GOD TO KEEP ME SAFE HOW LONG HAVE YOU HAD PULSETILE TINNITUS
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I'm not going to Dr. Stack, he's not too close to me. I'm going to see Dr Jack Cherin. He's a specialist in TMJ & a dentist. I'm curious how it's going to go, but I'm def. going to request an MRI. I'm going for my first visit w/ him May18th
I read your post on this website, and I just wanted to let you know
that you are not alone. I am going through the same thing. I am 23
years old with a history of several neck traumas. I have TMJ, pulsatile
tinnitus, and constant neck pain. I really do think that all of these
symptoms are related.
Right now I am going to an ENT who has ordered a carotid artery ultrasound
scan and it doesn't seem likely that he will find the problem. He listened
to my neck with a stethoscope and thought he heard something, thus
the initiating of the test.
If he doesn't find a cause for this I am going to go ahead and assume
that all of these symptoms are related to my neck issue.
I just need to find a really good upper cervical
chiropractor whom I can trust and won't just take my money without
fixing these problems. Let me know what you have tried.
BD.. Thanks for the response!!! I went to the tmj guy, but he's also a dentist, so I need to get my wisdom teeth out actually. So I'm gonna do that first on June25 then go back for tmj. I haven't opted for the mri yet, but I'm starting to think I should. I've also been reading about a type of tumor near the ear and brain called acoustic neuroma. All the things, the body is so complex!! But I KNOW my neck has got to be involved b/c sometimes when I push a certain spot, I instantly hear the noise in my ear. I know something is wrong, just not sure what to do. I'm gonna make an appointment w/ a neuro after the wisdom teeth and get this mri over with. I do think crainial sacrail would probably be good for a lot of people.
Please stay in touch and keep us posted!
Not really related to tmj but my SIL's sister had an acoustic neuroma removed - not once did she ever suspect or consider tmj or a problem with her teeth or jaw or neck - all she had was hearing loss. But this is why drs often advise patients to stay off the net and not "educate" or self-diagnose themselves too much - it can really cause a lot of unnecessary worry and anxiety. PS a neuro can come with 20 different conditons that may match your present symptoms so don't panic if he initially suggests all of these and wants to do some "tests".
Last edited by Thelma-Louise; 06-17-2009 at 09:28 AM.