Tinnitus in the Ear / Head? What's the Difference?

Discussion in 'Support' started by no life, Nov 27, 2015.

    1. no life

      no life Member

      I've heard a few people say their tinnitus is in their head, mine comes from the ear.

      What's the difference?

      I got mine from TMJ. It wasn't there before I started getting jaw ache and stuffy ears.

      Does it mean it will move to the head?
    2. Natalie Roberts

      Natalie Roberts Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Pregnancy or mild hearing loss.. Who knows.
      I am fairly new here but the audiologist I have spoken to (if I remember correctly) said that there are debates whether tinnitus comes from the ear or from the nerves in your brain itself. She told me about one case study where the subject had severe, disabling tinnitus and went as far as cutting the cochlear nerve (or something like that) to make them self completely deaf in hopes of curing the T but still has the T as his stemmed from his brain, not his ear. again, I'm totally new here so others may have better info!

      As far as TMJ, I also suffer from TMJ and it can be treated. Make sure you find a reputable TMJ specialist and get yourself a night gaurd / splint to wear that will correct your bite and hopefully realign your jaw. I've been seeing a specalist for a year and he's made a HUGE difference in the quality of my life. I recommend you get your TMJtreated if you haven't yet.
    3. glynis

      glynis Manager Staff Benefactor Ambassador Hall of Fame Advocate

      England, Stoke-on-Trent
      Tinnitus Since:
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Meniere's Disease
      Hi no life ,
      Tinnitus comes from the limbic part of the brain so tinnitus can be heard in the head or ears or both .
      Tinnitus can spike and change sound and strength and move a round but usually settles to a base sound that you normally hear the most....lots of love glynis
    4. Michael Leigh

      Michael Leigh Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Brighton, UK
      Tinnitus Since:
      April /1996
      With noise induced tinnitus, the hairs that surround the cochlear which is in the inner ear become damaged. The cochlear sends the tinnitus signal to the part of the brain called the Limbic system which Glynis has mentioned. The limbic system controls our emotions: love, hate, fear etc. It grabs onto the tinnitus and doesn't want to let it go. It is for this reason tinnitus can be affected by the way we feel. Even if a person were to cut the auditory nerve and become deaf they would still hear the tinnitus as the noise is comming from the head.

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