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Tinnitus coming from the neck as hissing

Question:

I am now 65 years old and have had tinnitus for about 8 months. It seems to be coming from my neck — not my ears. My ears hear it, but it comes from the neck, sometimes inside of the head, and when it comes it sounds like hissing or wind blowing. It comes and goes. Sometimes I don’t hear it at all. Other times it is terrible. I was not exposed to loud noise, have no physical impairments, no surgeries. I just noticed one day that my ears were sensitive and the next day I woke up to hissing in both ears. I would love to get rid of it. Unfortunately, I have misophonia, not hyperacusis. I used to live in an apartment where my neighbors were 2 young men who listened to heavy metal with a loud bass, so I cannot tolerate loud bass.

But, right now I want my tinnitus to be solved. I look forward to hearing from you.

I have tried acupuncture, been to doctors, and don’t have a hearing loss. It’s just a hiss — hiss — and when I wake up it’s at its worst or during stress.

Can you help me? I hope so. I look forward to hearing from you.

Teresa

Answer:

Dear Theresa,

I hope that I can help you, but to do so I would have to see you as it is almost impossible to diagnose the underlying causes, triggers and exacerbating factors associated with your misophonia and tinnitus.  Have you contacted a specialist in your area?
Both issues can be treated.  The success is based on your physiology and compliance to any program.  I am not sure where you are located, but hopefully it is not so far as to prohibit you from a visit.
My best, and I hope to hear from you soon,
Dr. Jenkins, AuD, BCABA