I was in a car accident a couple of months ago. My head was turned to the left while I waited for cross traffic to clear. While waiting, I was rear ended at the stop sign. My head was really rattled. Just after impact, I started hearing persistent static in my head and experienced a headache. I never had tinnitus prior to this accident. I also had aches and pains in my neck and body. There was soreness in the right side of my neck, up and down (vertically) along the interior of my neck. This soreness cleared up after a week, but the tinnitus has not let up. I went to an ENT, and have not experienced any hearing loss from the accident. Just so happens that I had a hearing test earlier in the year, and my results after the accident were the same. No hearing loss due to accident. No ear wax. No damage to ear drums. No dizziness, nausea, or loss of balance. He refered me to a neurologist. I talked to the neurologist about somatic tinnitus which is related to head and neck injuries. I suspect it's related to my neck because my tinnitus speeds up when I turn my head to the right (espeically), the left, or tilt back. My tinnitus also fluctuates in loudness. I perceive it differently -- sometimes in my brain, sometimes in my left ear. Sleep resets it in no particular direction -- it may spike for days (static in my brain), and then settle into my left ear (buzzing, static) on other days. Exercise exacerbates it. Showers seem to relieve it temporarily -- is it the heat on my neck that relieves it? Or the sound of the shower? My tinnitus is quite loud. I read that some people have been cured or helped by a TENS unit along their neck (google articles). I was also going to try physical therapy. Questions: Has anyone used a physical therapist to treat somatic tinnitus? My neck is not sore at the moment, but the tinnitus occurred after my neck was injured. How do I seek out a physical therapist for tinnitus? Is this something that physcial therapist are familiar with treating? Has anyone had any luck with physical therapy in treating tinnitus? Or used a TENS unit? Recent studies mention that using a TENS unit for 2 hours a day for 2 weeks on neck may cure or relieve tinnitus significantly when it's related to the neck.