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.