Neck Traction Works for Me

Discussion in 'Support' started by Mattv, May 25, 2018.

    1. Mattv
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      Mattv Member

      Location:
      lincoln, MA
      Tinnitus Since:
      September 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown
      Because my somatic tinnitus is modulated greatly by pressing up and forward on my jaw, I figured that one of those inflatable neck traction device might help.

      For me, it makes a remarkable difference. When I put it on and inflate it just a little, it's enough to almost completely eliminates the loud tinnitus. If I deflate it, the tinnitus comes back immediately. It's like an on/off switch. My tinnitus was bad all day, and I put it on a few minutes ago and presto, almost no tinnitus. Of course I can't wear this all the time, but it's a godsend to have relief. I have been doing it for weeks and its very repeatable.

      Perhaps others might benefit from this too (I hope).
       
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    2. Lane

      Lane Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ototoxic Drug
      Hi @Matty,

      Congratulations on your improvements, and the relief you're able to experience. Could you give a little more information on the device you use, possibly even a link? -- Thanks!​
       
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      Mattv
      Busy

      Mattv Member

      Location:
      lincoln, MA
      Tinnitus Since:
      September 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown
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    4. EarHair

      EarHair Member

      Location:
      Vancouver, Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2012 worsened Jan 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Concerts and TMJ and genetics (Mom, Grandpa have it)
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      Mattv
      Busy

      Mattv Member

      Location:
      lincoln, MA
      Tinnitus Since:
      September 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown
      @EarHair - stumbled is right! I just followed my instincts on this. As with all things, the long term will tell if this has any permanent benefit.
       
    6. housemzk

      housemzk Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Jan 18, 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      concussions, wisdom teeth removal, neck, jaw, stress, noise?
      @Mattv - I just bought one. I'll certainly report back after I've used for a couple of weeks.
       
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      Mattv
      Busy

      Mattv Member

      Location:
      lincoln, MA
      Tinnitus Since:
      September 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown
      @housemzk - hope it works for you. I would suspect it would only work for those who can change their T with neck/jaw pressure, but maybe that's a lot of people. I have mine on now...
       
    8. 1000Hz

      1000Hz Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      can't remeber, stronger since 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown/loud sound/postural problems
      Hi @Mattv and @housemzk, would you mind updating me on the effect of the neck traction over a longer time? I can instantly make louder high-pitched ringing by projecting my chin forward or putting some pressure the top of my head on a mat when I am on the floor. Thanks!
       
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      Mattv
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      Mattv Member

      Location:
      lincoln, MA
      Tinnitus Since:
      September 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      unknown
      @1000Hz:

      Sounds like we have (very) similar ways to affect our volume. The traction definitely helps me, but it is only short lived. Relaxing my neck and shoulder muscles in general helps more. I get regular neck massage and that does have lasting benefit, but my tinnitus is still very loud overall, especially in the morning. I really am starting to think my condition is more lifestyle/stress related. I run a company and am under constant stress. My tinnitus came on during a period of high stress. When I am able to get away for a longer period, my tinnitus can drop to a very low level if I focus on not focusing on it and just relax and enjoy my life. The less I think about it and obsess over it, the happier I am.
       
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    10. 1000Hz

      1000Hz Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      can't remeber, stronger since 2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown/loud sound/postural problems
      Thanks for your answer, @Mattv!
      Yes, mine showed up more or less around a time of stress and also sometime after I broke a leg, so it is difficult for me to pinpoint a reason. Back then I was also working for many weeks with long, constant frequency sounds that I am afraid could be a reason as well, and since sometimes I experience loud cracks in the jaw, that could also be TMJ related. All in all it could be almost any reason...

      I am also trying osteopathy treatment and doing some stretching, sometimes it feels like the tinnitus is a bit better and sometimes I am not sure.

      Anyway, did you try these hammock-style or these curvy plastic neck extenders as well? I wonder if one of these could be more comfortable than the inflatable ones, which just by looking make me feel like I am being choked.
       

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