Biting Lip Increases Tinnitus Tone Dramatically

Discussion in 'Support' started by Padraigh Griffin, Aug 2, 2020.

    1. Padraigh Griffin

      Padraigh Griffin Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown/Stress
      Hi,

      I have endured horrendous tinnitus for the last 4 weeks. Crazy stuff with daily changes in tone. Pulsatile in left side.

      Also, crazily a small bite on my lip increases the tone to a high pitched loud scream. If I bite my right lip it occurs in right ear, if I bite my left it occurs in left ear, and funnily if I bite it in centre of lip it occurs in both. It is bizarre.

      Surely this must be TMJ related? Does anyone have an input. I’d really appreciate it.
       
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      Padraigh Griffin

      Padraigh Griffin Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown/Stress
      Anyone please... even the slightest jaw movement spikes it massively... it is freaking me out completely.
       
    3. DebInAustralia
      No Mood

      DebInAustralia Member Benefactor Advocate

      Location:
      Geelong, Victoria
      Tinnitus Since:
      30/12/13
      Many of us have tinnitus that can be modulated by movements of the face and jaw.

      Prof. Susan Shore (who is working on a bimodulation device at the University of Michigan) explains this is a consequence of loss of auditory input to the brain, causing the somatosensory nervous system to try to compensate)

      I think TMJ is implicated in developing this type of tinnitus. I, myself had no relief from extensive TMJ work years ago. However, you'll find people here with more positive stories to tell regarding rectifying TMJ issues.

      What does your audiogram look like?
       
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      Padraigh Griffin

      Padraigh Griffin Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown/Stress
      Thanks so much for the reply. My audiogram shows high frequency hearing loss and the audiologist recommended hearing aids. However my tinnitus was so loud I think it interfered with the test.

      I have just read up on Susan Shore and it looks really promising. Please God let it work. I just had MRI and CTA done (as there is pulsing in left side) and nothing sinister showed up. It looks like I have somatosensory pulsatile tinnitus. The slightest jaw movement amplifies it massively.

      Do you think it it is worth following up on TMJ? Where would I go? Dentist, physio, etc?
       
    5. Lilah
      Bashful

      Lilah Member Benefactor

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      It sounds like somatic tinnitus. Have you tried massaging your face, neck, and head to see if the sound changes?
       

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