Somatic tinnitus is a type of tinnitus that 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 somatic tinnitus, 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 of somatic tinnitus.
Dental problems such as impacted wisdom teeth and popping of the jaw can also create this type of tinnitus.
Somatic tinnitus is also referred to as conductive tinnitus, meaning it is tinnitus caused by more outer functions, rather than sensory/neurological causes. Sometimes mechanical causes of tinnitus can be heard by others.