Somatic Tinnitus and Treatment ⁠— New Evidence

Discussion in 'Research News' started by Hazel, Aug 6, 2019.

    1. Hazel
      Dreaming

      Hazel Director Staff Podcast Patron Benefactor Hall of Fame Advocate

      Location:
      the Netherlands
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      one-sided hearing loss (of unknown origin)
      Dearest members,

      As you may know, Tinnitus Talk contributes to tinnitus research through collecting patient data and sharing it freely with researchers. This has already led to a number of academic publications co-authored by us. Just last month a paper was published based our data about tinnitus heterogeneity. And now our second co-authored research paper of 2019 has just been published! You can find the full publication here.

      The paper covers the topic of somatic tinnitus, i.e. tinnitus that can be modulated through neck or jaw movements. Little is yet known about how common this form of tinnitus is and how it influences tinnitus severity and fluctuations in tinnitus; this paper addresses these questions. The main author is Sarah Michiels, a physiotherapist from the University of Antwerp.

      The data for this paper was gathered by us back in 2017, when over 6,000 tinnitus patients (mostly members of this forum) filled in a survey with questions about head and neck pain, jaw discomfort, tinnitus severity, and the effects of exercise on tinnitus. We have attached the full results of the survey below. If anyone is interested to do some statistical analysis on this or other datasets, let us know! I’m sure there is more to be learned from this data.

      Of course you may wonder: How does this knowledge help me, even if I do have somatic tinnitus? Indeed, the next step is to develop treatments suitable for this group. To this end, we are working with Sarah to develop a self-help physiotherapy programme, based on her experience treating tinnitus patients. Following the right set of (simple) neck exercises can alleviate tinnitus loudness for some, particularly if they suffer from frequent neck pain AND are able to modulate their tinnitus with neck movements.

      Please let us know what you think of this research and whether a treatment programme for somatic tinnitus would be of help to you!

      Best regards,
      Hazel and Markku
       

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    2. JohnAdams
      Murderous

      JohnAdams Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      here
      Tinnitus Since:
      it started.
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      hearing loss
      Good work. Fire whoever picked the colors for the bar charts.
       
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      Hazel
      Dreaming

      Hazel Director Staff Podcast Patron Benefactor Hall of Fame Advocate

      Location:
      the Netherlands
      Tinnitus Since:
      10/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      one-sided hearing loss (of unknown origin)
      Yeah that looks awful :eek:

      But it's just what data looks like when you extract it from SurveyMonkey unfortunately. We could've made our own nice-looking charts from the raw data, but maybe our time was better spent elsewhere :)

      Thanks for the positive feedback!
       
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    4. Chriscom

      Chriscom Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Northern Virginia USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      May 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Likely infection/ear stress after walking pneumonia
      I don't have anything constructive to add since I don't believe this is the source my affliction--but I did want to say how lucky we are to have you and the rest of the volunteers running Tinnitus Talk. Well done and thank you!
       
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    5. Mathew Gould

      Mathew Gould Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      6/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Neck/Jaw misalignment
      My main tinnitus noise is NOT somatic. However I have a secondary lesser noise I can create with neck movements. My tinnitus 100% started with neck and jaw issues...

      Is my tinnitus somatic??
       

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