What Causes That Tinnitus Headache?
Tinnitus is sometimes accompanied by headaches, known as temporal headaches. These tend to originate from the temporal bone above the ear. When tinnitus with a temporal headache occurs, it can often be caused by stress; people working in high stress occupations tend to develop tinnitus accompanied with a temporal headache.
Symptoms can be relieved or even cured by reducing the amount of stress in your life and learning ways of relaxing. For more ways of reducing stress, read this post. For people experiencing high levels of stress who find it difficult to relax, tranquilising medication may be prescribed, although these can quite often have unpleasant side effects.
Lack of sleep can also cause tinnitus with temporal headaches. If you are finding it difficult to get to sleep or are suffering from insomnia, you may want to discuss this with your doctor. You may be able to relieve symptoms or even cure your condition by making sure you receive at least seven hours of quality sleep each night.
Another reason for tinnitus accompanied with temporal headaches could be a subarachnoid hemorrhage, which is when a bleed occurs in the subarachnoid area of the brain. This can occur following a head injury, or a rupture of one of the main arteries. It is potentially very serious, but also very rare, so if you are experiencing temporal headaches this is unlikely to be the cause.
A lumbar puncture can also bring on a temporal headache, although this does not generally occur until around 12 hours afterwards.
Another cause may be Temporomandibular (TMD) or Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorders (TMD). Muscles and ligaments linked to the ear can sometimes react against each other, causing signals which are misread and can generate noises heard in the ear. Once this is treated, the tinnitus and headaches should disappear.
Tinnitus can be accompanied by a whole range of symptoms, from headaches to dizziness and nausea. Remember, a headache is only a symptom of tinnitus, not a cause- by eliminating your tinnitus the headache should also disappear.