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This is something I found out about recently and may be the cause of some of you with tinitus problems. Apparently not all GPs have heard of it. The tenor tympani muscle is a tiny muscle in the middle ear. It reacts to sudden loud noises called the startle reflex.
It can be caused by high stress and/or upper cervical spine problems. It can also be the result of tempormandibulor joint problems. People who work in noisy environments are affected. Symptoms are:
Pain or dull ache in ear and along side of neck and cheek
Numbness or burning around ear, cheek and neck
Feeling of fullness in ear
TTTS can cause high levels of anxiety which can lead to tinnitus escalation.
There is a lot of literature on the Internet, may be worth a look.
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