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I was reading about the recent tinnitus study at the University of Michigan. The University website under the ENT otolaryngology site has information about their research. It is the one involving somatic tinnitus. With somatic tinnitus the tinnitus sound can be altered by moving your jaw or pressing on your cheek or face. I was trying to see if my tinnitus changes with any manipulation. I was hoping to find some maneuver that would soften it -- I only found that if I press firmly with my fingers just about my jaw it gets louder! (in distribution of trigeminal nerve).

Does anyone else experience a change in their tinnitus if they press on their face, neck, or temples? Any idea why this should happen? I looked up the anatomy involved and it just does not make any sense to me.

Incidentally, I have e-mailed the U of Michigan to ask if I can be considered to participate in the second phase of the study (I live in USA) They said they would send me more information in a few months - study does not start until the fall. Will post if I hear more.

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I do. My symptoms seem to be reactive to both sound and movement. It is as if it translates what I am hearing or my movements into a corresponding high pitched whistle. In addition, I can get it to stop by pressing on my ear or on the muscle underneath of the ear.


Hi Elaine ! My Tinnitus changes tone whenever I use my electric shaver around my Jaw area. Firstly, it gets louder, then drops back to its usual volume a few minutes after shaving ?

It also changes tone from sleeping too long ( a hissing sound ) or not enough sleep to a single soft ringing tone ? I am used to different tones and it is what it is, I hardly notice it now.

Best of luck in your Tinnitus research.


I can change the tone and volume by gritting my teeth , but wouldn't recommend it as it really hurt my teeth after a while! I gather this somatic(?) Tinnitus is quite common. All the best.


I only have t for 8 weeks now but i'm slowly getting to know it better... I think that my t changes with my physical movements for example if i'm walking or doing a lot of physical activity it pitches up or if I am outside and its windy my t pitches up with the wind... Would this be stomatic t?


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