What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is the perception of sound without a creation of sound. In other words, when you hear a sound even though there is no stimulus causing that sound. However, we should state there are different types of tinnitus. The more common are subjective tinnitus, when the sound can only be heard by the person affected, and objective tinnitus. This is when a noise is generated within the body and are then transmitted to the ear. This type of tinnitus can be heard by someone else.
What area of the body does tinnitus affect? What are the type of feeling/pain/symptoms?
Depending on the type of tinnitus can impact different areas. When describing Subjective or Somatic tinnitus, this can be affected by the upper cervical region and head. This can be caused by movements, muscle contractions or spasms and joint disorders in and around the jaw, head and neck. Movement of your eyes can also bring this on. This can start as just a small background noise and headaches, to potential loss of hearing and very loud overbearing sounds.
What behaviours causes tinnitus?
Typically, tinnitus is a symptom that is caused by another underlying condition. Commonly, this is caused by prolonged exposure to loud noises causes tinnitus. However, Tinnitus can also be caused by muscular conditions as well. Muscles of the head and neck and the Temporomandibular joint are common areas in which if tightness or dysfunction is pronounced and in which tinnitus can be brought on.
We should also note that if we are looking into the objective type, this could potentially be due to a vascular or mechanical issue within the ear. Hence why it is particularly important to visit a health care professional to seek the best advice to take the best course of action.
How does physiotherapy help with tinnitus?
Physiotherapy can help with Tinnitus by being able to identify triggers that can lead you to obtain tinnitus. This will then allow us to help educate and prevent these triggers from occurring to get you back to work, lift or exercise. Manual therapy and stretching of the surrounding head and neck musculature can also significantly improve tinnitus while also strengthening opposing muscles for prevention.
How long does tinnitus take to recover? Why is it important to treat it early?
It is important to treat early as tinnitus can typically last up to a few weeks. However, if tinnitus has persisted for more than a few years in some cases can become permanent. Therefore if you are at all experiencing the symptoms mentioned above, please don’t hesitate to seek Physiotherapy.
About Andreas Zacharakis & Primal Physiotherapy
Having suffered injuries in his junior sporting years, Andreas decided to pursue a career in physiotherapy to help those in need get back to full health. Andreas graduated with a Bachelor of Biomedical Science & Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) from Monash University. He has a keen interest in sports rehabilitation and knee injuries.
Andreas is a Physiotherapist at Primal Physiotherapy which is a leading Physiotherapy clinic with state of the art rehab facility to help their clients return back to life, work, and exercise pain-free.