A mentally deficient man, aged 30, was brought to my office by his mother because of a "ticking" in his ears that at times interfered with sleep. Though very frail as an infant, the patient seemed to be well until he was 5 years old when, following a fright, he appeared to be afraid of everything and everybody. He did not do well in school and even with a tutor made little progress. He could not read and was jealous of those who could. He performed simple chores about the farm. In boyhood, he would have convulsions after a fright but he has not had these during recent years.
The head noises had been present for at least twelve years. A number of physicians had been consulted and the patient had received many treatments for "catarrh." The noises had been worse for the past three months. Up to this point
Stoll HF. TIC OF SALPINGOPALATINUS MUSCLE CAUSING SOUND AUDIBLE TO BYSTANDER. JAMA. 1930;95(11):796. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.27210110003009b