Although tinnitus is a very common condition, everyone’s is slightly different. There are different types of tinnitus, and it’s likely yours will fall within one of these categories.
Somatic tinnitus is typically related to physical movement and touch. It can be generated by muscle spasms in the ear or neck, and by other mechanical sources. Although sound therapy can be used for this, often times other management techniques, such as massage therapy can also be helpful.
Anything that causes the neck to twist, such as a pillow or turning the neck to look into a microscope, can be the source. Dental problems such as impacted wisdom teeth and popping of the jaw can also create this.
Somatic tinnitus is also referred to as conductive, meaning it is caused by more outer functions, rather than sensory/neurological causes. Sometimes mechanical causes of tinnitus can be heard by others.
This is one of the rarest types of tinnitus. It is the only type that can be heard by an outside observer, usually with a stethoscope. It often moves in time with the heartbeat.
If you think that you or any of your loved ones have ringing in the ears or hearing loss, call Schmidt’s Optical and Hearing™ at 772-286-4327 to schedule a free hearing evaluation with our Board Certified Hearing Aid Specialist.