Low Pitch Ringing/Hum Went Away After Using a Mouth Guard and Regular Jaw Massage

Discussion in 'Success Stories' started by GDK, Sep 15, 2021.

    1. Mika

      Mika Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I also have had a low frequency hum for 2 years now. It sounds exactly like there´s a faint sound of a car engine somewhere outside near my house. The sound stops when I shake my head, and returns in a second when I stop. The hum also goes away or the volume goes down to minimum after a night out drinking alcohol. So basically when I am hungover. Then it slowly starts again after 1 or 2 days. Crazy?

      When the hum started I had a lot of neck problems from working with computer along with tension headaches. I got Amitriptyline medication but it made the hum very loud and I stopped taking it. I also have numbness in forehead and face from time to time and a neurologist thought it is tension headaches (neck tension). I have done everything I can from exercising 4 times a week to going to massage countless of times in a couple of years. And yet this crazy hum continues, sometimes louder, sometimes quieter. Starting to think it is from bite and the jaw muscles because I am running out of ideas...
       
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    2. Rb86

      Rb86 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      5/31/19
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise
      If it's any consolation, I too have the low end that comes and goes, and goes away when shaking my head or the right noise frequency cuts it out. Humming or talking stops it but it returns instantly when I sstop. Frustrating but comforting that we all have this exact same thing. Clearly there's a solution out there as we all have the same mechanical defect to have this.

      Anyway, good luck everyone. Stay busy and engaged.
       
    3. Albapv

      Albapv Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2022
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Not sure. Maybe flu, maybe neck
      I have heard a tinnitus in my left side since April, it started with a flu, but my ENT suspects the jaw and neck.

      The symptoms are as you describe, only the buzzing is sharp and soft. I've started physical therapy and I'm going to the dentist. I am definitely going to try the heat and daily massages. In two weeks I have noticed a little improvement, but the buzzing is still here. I still have hope...

      Curiosity: if I stretch the muscles on the left side of my neck, my tinnitus softens.
       
    4. Ben Winders
      Pensive

      Ben Winders Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic
      Interesting (or coincidental) fact: Just got off a flight (I haven't flown since I got my tinnitus, too scared to aggravate it) and the ear that hums the most (right) was the only ear that was clogged/popping, during flight.

      (My Eustachian tubes should be ok, after lots of testing).
       
    5. Rb86

      Rb86 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      5/31/19
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise
      When I do the Valsalva maneuver, my left ear - the one that hums, is the first one to clog up.
       
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    6. Nanarchist

      Nanarchist Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2022
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Virus/Jaw Clenching/Anxiety
      My tinnitus started end of April -- had a virus that gave me such intense chills, I woke up and my teeth were clenching super hard. Saw an ENT and she said it was the teeth grinding(after doing a hearing test). Started doing heat, arnica cream, and massage, and got a night guard. Tinnitus went away after several weeks of this routine, so I stopped the heat, arnica, and massage and was just sleeping with nightguard. Well, just a heads up -- nightguard protects your teeth, but you can still clench/grind with it in your mouth. So tinnitus came back. Was so loud yesterday, then I spent the whole day doing a heating pad on my face as much as I could, arnica cream, massage. Today -- barely a sound. Just the faintest sound of static in my right ear. Also mine isn't low pitched, it's high pitched. Interestingly, while it's caused by teeth grinding, mine does seem somewhat sensitive to noise, so I'm also diligent about hearing protection now. Wore earplugs to the bowling alley the other night. Sharing in case it's helpful.

      Oh and still recommend a nightguard for clenching/grinding -- you can lose your teeth, and I do think it helps with this problem as well. It's just not necessarily going to work by itself, even once you've gotten the problem managed. I'm probably going to use heat and massage regularly forever.
       
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    7. Joe Cuber
      Curious

      Joe Cuber Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Location:
      California, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2022
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Gradual hearing loss + a huge amount of stress
      First of all, congrats, that's great you got your tinnitus under control. My dentist told me I clench my teeth in my sleep (no grinding) and got me fitted for a mouth guard. I stopped using it because, like you, I started clenching it. I have a couple of questions for you: Do you still wear your night guard along with doing the heat, arnica, and massage? And where do you apply the arnica--on your gums?
       
    8. Nanarchist

      Nanarchist Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2022
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Virus/Jaw Clenching/Anxiety
      I still wear the nightguard, as I have signs of damage to my teeth and figure I should protect those. Fun fact: I used to write website copy for dental offices, so I would write all the time about how clenching/grinding can make you lose your teeth and such. Also, prior to getting fitted for the nicer nightguard from my dentist, I used this one recommended by my ENT. Tbh I think it might have worked better for the ringing because it was bulkier, so less able to clench. But it also made me sleep with my mouth open, so lots of dry mouth/irritated throat. But a humidifier helped that. Been thinking of going back to it to experiment and compare now that I have the hypothesis it was better.

      The arnica goes on the jaw, particularly the joint area right in front of my ears, and then a little bit in the ear canal. This was the recommendation of my ENT. I figure that the cream is helping and also massaging it in is its own benefit.

      Lastly, I grabbed a jade roller to help me massage my jaw. Not sure if it's better than hands, but it helps keep my fingers from getting so tired.

      OH! And I don't know how long you've been taking steps to address the clenching, but when my ENT told me what to do she said it would be at least 2 weeks before I saw improvement. It actually was a little longer, but since she told me that I just did the things every single day -- heat, cream, massage, nightguard -- and eventually realized my tinnitus was turning down. So patience is key.

      I hope this helps!
       
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    9. Joe Cuber
      Curious

      Joe Cuber Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Location:
      California, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2022
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Gradual hearing loss + a huge amount of stress
      Hey thanks for all the info, helps a lot!
      That is hilarious. I bet if we paid attention to ourselves, we'd find that we do this more often than we think.

      I stopped wearing my night guard because I kept salivating. I suppose I should try a little harder to get used to it. My dentist told me I'd stop salivating, but I haven't tried regularly enough. I also stopped because I found I was clenching on the night guard like you. Do you still grind/clench on it?
       
    10. Nanarchist

      Nanarchist Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2022
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Virus/Jaw Clenching/Anxiety
      I can't always tell? Clues tell me probably -- like jaw soreness showing up, waking up with my ears popping, ear pain, and the tinnitus getting louder. The other day I woke up and it was super loud, even after sleeping with my nightguard on. Spent the whole day putting the heating pad on my face regularly and massaging -- next day the tinnitus was gone. Which makes me think the heating pad/massage relaxed my jaw and I didn't clench over night.
       
    11. Joe Cuber
      Curious

      Joe Cuber Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Location:
      California, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2022
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Gradual hearing loss + a huge amount of stress
      Do you have a history of your tinnitus coming and going? I ask because mine fluctuates day by day (some days present, some days absent). I thought I was doing something to make it come and go, but it turns out, that's just the way mine behaves.
       
    12. Nanarchist

      Nanarchist Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2022
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Virus/Jaw Clenching/Anxiety
      Mine is so new, it's hard to tell. But when it first appeared, it was constant. I had a virus that caused me intense chills, and the chills lead to intense clenching, so that appears to have been the onset. It was constant, unchanging, for about a month all together? Then when I started addressing the TMJ problem, it became variable for a bit before completely subsiding for a time of a couple of weeks. It was totally gone EXCEPT if I got anxious -- so let's say me and the spouse started having a tense discussion, suddenly it would appear. Then it would go away again.

      Then I started taking Lexapro -- which I didn't know could cause jaw clenching! It also increased my nervousness overall, which increases my tinnitus. So I stopped taking it and it's been a couple of weeks since I stopped taking it. Since then the tinnitus has been more variable, and does both seem to respond to things I do and have somewhat a mind of its own. But evidence does suggest that it responds to me managing my TMJ problem.
       
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    13. Joe Cuber
      Curious

      Joe Cuber Member Podcast Patron Benefactor

      Location:
      California, USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2022
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Gradual hearing loss + a huge amount of stress
      Yeah I have to agree with you, it looks like you have a strong correlation with TMJ. I spoke to an audiologist who specializes in tinnitus about somatosensory tinnitus (since I can modulate mine when I chew and move my neck around), and she mentioned that tinnitus often is multifactorial. So perhaps yours has a TMJ factor and an anxiety factor.
       
    14. Nanarchist

      Nanarchist Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2022
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Virus/Jaw Clenching/Anxiety
      If anyone finds it useful, these videos are working wonders for me:

      Physical Therapy Exercises for TMJ Relief

      Massage for TMJ Relief

      Massage for more immediate relief, physical therapy for more long-term relief. Having to do the massage several times a day, but it's simple and only takes a tiny amount of time. Doing the physical therapy a couple of times a day -- reminder physical therapy only works if you do it consistently for several days or even weeks.
       
    15. Mika

      Mika Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2020
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      Same here.
       
    16. pc1

      pc1 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2022
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Colds virus
      Whereabouts do you apply the heatpad?
       
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