British Tinnitus Association
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Is my T jaw/neck/back related?

Hey all,

Had tinnitus for 2 months, been to ENT and audiologist, all seems good apart from some hearing loss at 6000hz. (then ok, goes back up at 8000hz on right ear, and similar pattern, but not so bad on the left) Tho, i think I may have always had this (Im guessing)

After seeing both ENT and Audiologist I am left with no answer to why my T suddenly appeared and stayed.

I had a trigger-point massage recently, and my T got BETTER! for a couple of days, then it returned.

I noticed today, when I open my mouth really wide (Like I lion) the T goes up in frequency. So it got me thinking back to the time I had a massage, is it all neck/jaw/back muscle related?

I have booked myself in another massage, so ill let you know progress.

Anyone else experienced this? Any links to T and muscles?


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Hello and welcome to the British Tinnitus Association forum. Do feel free to ask any questions, I hope that you find this a helpful and supportive place to help you manage your tinnitus.

What you are describing is a well known phenomenon called somatic tinnitus - ie tinnitus that can be altered by physical movement or touch.

We have some resources that you might like to check out in addition to our home here:

- especially the page on tinnitus and TMJ and neck problems -

Helpline 0800 018 0527 (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm) (outside the UK you can call +44 (0)114 250 9922)

Warmest wishes

Nic (BTA Communications Manager and Forum Administrator)

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Hey Nic,

Thank you so much for the reply.

I read up the link and other links about Somatic tinnitus, and still am unsure if it is this. (I am hoping it is!)

I have the T in both ears and have some hearing loss, according to the chart, (I dont know if its always been like that tho, as hearing feels the same)

Do you know if its common or possible to have somatic in both ears? also with this information above.

Warm regards



Yes, somatic tinnitus is the term for any tinnitus that is modifiable. And as tinnitus is only perceived to be in the ears (or the head) somatic tinnitus can apply to tinnitus whether it is single sided, in both ears, or not even appearing to be from the ears at all!

Best wishes



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