Teeth Clenching Makes My Tinnitus Queiter — Why?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Debjj, Feb 11, 2016.

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    1. Debjj

      Debjj Member

      Location:
      Bristol
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2004
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Virus in the ears
      one of the questions in the tinnitus survey asks if tinnitus improves if you clench your teeth - which mine does, it becomes quieter, does anyone know what that means?
       
    2. Aussie Lea
      Dramaqueen

      Aussie Lea Member

      Location:
      Melbourne Yarra Valley
      Tinnitus Since:
      01/09/2013
      Usually it's the other way around, makes it louder...
       
    3. DebInAustralia

      DebInAustralia Member Benefactor Team Research

      Location:
      Geelong, Victoria
      Tinnitus Since:
      30/12/13
      Not true..

      My t is suppressed when i clench my teeth and louder when i open my.mouth wide
       
    4. Beste
      Disappointed

      Beste Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      02/16/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Benzo/Clonazepam, Stress
      You guys definitely need to consider TMJ treatment.
       
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    5. nogood
      Torn

      nogood Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      04/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      ototoxicity/infection
      best bet is on TMJD, dont do anything drastic right way , get a good consult from one or two different doctors. And then decide what you want to do.
       
    6. DebInAustralia

      DebInAustralia Member Benefactor Team Research

      Location:
      Geelong, Victoria
      Tinnitus Since:
      30/12/13
      Refer to dr susan shores work with somatic t..which she believes is due to overcompensation of somatic nerves for loss of auditory input
       
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    7. Path Maker

      Path Maker Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic
      @Mario martz , FYI.

      And a question to @DebInAustralia - Does this mean that the "clenching" pressure (in the cases where it increases tinnitus volume) is compressing and stimulating the overcompensating somatic nerves, then, and it's not really a case of the clench compressing or affecting an inflamed auditory nerve? What are your thoughts? Thanks. :)
       
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    8. Mike L

      Mike L Member

      Location:
      US
      Tinnitus Since:
      1/15/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Not Sure
      I have tmj. It sounds like when you clench your taking pressure off of whatever is possibly causing your T and when you open wide its adding pressure to what ever is causing your T.
       
    9. DebInAustralia

      DebInAustralia Member Benefactor Team Research

      Location:
      Geelong, Victoria
      Tinnitus Since:
      30/12/13

      I lean towards maladaptive plasticity involving somatic overcompensation rather than auditory nerve inflammation (in my case). Ive never understood the variation in the ways people can modulate somatic tinnitus volume though. Any thoughts ?
       
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    10. Path Maker

      Path Maker Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2015
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic
      I wish I knew! Mine is increased by clenching my jaw but I would say that's not really what's doing it. Instead, I feel like it goes up in direct reaction to the contraction of the neck and platysmus muscles. It also goes up if I rotate my neck completely in either direction (stretch-pressure on nerves?). And it goes up if I simply sit and press down on the top of my head, without contracting any neck muscles at all (pressure through the spine?).

      MYSTERY.
       
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    11. Ricardo1991
      Fine

      Ricardo1991 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Signs seem to point to head/ neck injury!
      Honestly, I went to a doctor. My jaw is visibly crooked; the X Rays show that my jaw is misaligned and stuff; the doctor still said I don't have TMJ so who knows? Lol
       
    12. DebInAustralia

      DebInAustralia Member Benefactor Team Research

      Location:
      Geelong, Victoria
      Tinnitus Since:
      30/12/13
      Have you guys read about dr shores research for somatic t? I cant copy n paste from phone but perhaps google it and i think you might have your answer.
       

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