When I Smile, My Tinnitus Increases a Lot

Discussion in 'Support' started by leo17, Dec 26, 2017.

    1. leo17

      leo17 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      22/07/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      acoustic trauma
      When I smile my tinnitus increases a lot. Does anyone have the same symptom? I found this from the web: "By forcing a very "wide" smile, you stretch the larger zygomatic muscle and relax the tympanic tensor, which is attached to it. With this, the eardrum is less stretched".

      Maybe a problem in this tympanic tensor?
       
    2. Onsdag

      Onsdag Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      06/2013
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown, maybe stress
      This is SOMATIC TINNITUS.

      https://www.tinnitustalk.com/threads/somatic-tinnitus.812/
       
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    3. Bill Bauer
      No Mood

      Bill Bauer Member Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      February, 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Could it be TMJ?
       
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    4. threefirefour
      Peeping tom

      threefirefour Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      California
      Tinnitus Since:
      5/15/16
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      140dB B R U H moment
      Could be mine does this too.
       
    5. valeri

      valeri Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2011
      I stopped smiling long time ago so wouldn’t have a clue:dunno:
       
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    6. Alue
      No Mood

      Alue Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      01/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      People start getting suspicious if I smile around them.
       
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    7. Tinker Bell

      Tinker Bell Member Hall of Fame

      Location:
      U.S.
      Tinnitus Since:
      02/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      SSHL from virus
      How many people read this thread title and smiled just to see if their tinnitus changed?

      I smile. A lot. It does not alter my tinnitus, which is good because I just like to smile. Smiling is my favorite. Sorry, couldn’t resist a holiday movie quote.

      OP, it could be somatic with your jaw. Can you see a maxillary specialist? Or at least speak with your dentist.

      Has an ENT examined your ear? Had an MRI?
       
    8. valeri

      valeri Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Location:
      Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2011
      No wonder!
      Especially if it’s a “forced wide smile”!
      :rockingbanana:
       
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