I had my surgery May 12, 2011 to remove a 3 cm AN. It left me with facial paralysis on my right side. One thing I've noticed in the past month or so is that when I feel a sharp pain in my face, or not quite pain, but definitely a sharp feeling in my face, it's always accompanied by a sound in my deaf ear. My tinnitus is constant, yet when I feel the sharp feeling in my face or when I suddenly lose my balance, I will hear my tinnitus louder than usual in that ear. So my tinnitus is definitely closely related to activity in my trigeminal nerve and my 8th cranial nerve. I guess as they're reconnecting, they're sending signals to my ear? This happens every single time I lose my balance suddenly or when I feel a sharp sensation in my face, not during the normal tingling in my face, just when it's quick and sharp. My normal tinnitus sounds like a piece of steam machinery (that's the closest description I can think of). It sort of sounds like a radiator in a NY apartment. During these moments I describe, the sound will be louder and slightly more high-pitched. It will occur exactly in time and duration as the facial spasm or balance loss.
Has anyone else had the same or similar experience?