Somatosensory tinnitus is a subjective tinnitus that arises from neck and TMJ trauma. For some time we have known that stimulation from the neck or the TMJ can cause tinnitus. Indeed, after a whiplash or cervical neck injury, tinnitus may occur and disappear when the neck heals. This is why therapy for the neck is urgent when tinnitus begins after neck trauma.
There is a circuit that goes from the nerve nuclei of the neck to the dorsal cochlear nucleus of the ear mechanism and can generate tinnitus. Tinnitus can also come from the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) and is corrected when the TMJ is corrected. Injecting Botox® into cervical muscle spasm to reduce symptoms after a whiplash may be effective. For tinnitus, it is important to clear any input from cervical or TMJ or facial muscles that may effect hearing circuit.
See Pathway of Sound to the brain
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