Seemingly unrelated symptoms in the head and neck region are eliminated when a patch
is applied on specific locations on the Tympanic Membrane.
Clinically, two distinct patient populations can be distinguished; cervical and masticatory muscle tensions are involved and mental moods of anxiety or need.
Clinical observations lead to the hypothesis of a “Tympanic Resonance Regulating System.”
Its controller, the Trigeminocervical complex, integrates external auditory, somatosensory, and central impulses. It modulates auditory attention, and directs it toward unpredictable external or expected domestic and internal sounds: peripherally by shifting the resonance frequencies of the Tympanic Membrane; centrally by influencing the throughput of auditory information to the neural attention networks that toggle between scanning and focusing; and thus altering the perception of auditory information.
The hypothesis leads to the assumption that the Trigeminocervical complex is composed of a dorsal component, and a ventral one which may overlap with the concept of “Trigeminovagal complex.” “Tympanic Dissonance” results in a host of local and distant symptoms, most of which can be attributed to activation of the Trigeminocervical complex.
Diagnostic and therapeutic measures for this “Tympanic Dissonance Syndrome” are suggested.