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Old 06-29-2012, 01:04 PM   #1
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TMJ causing tinnitus?

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I've had tinnitus in both ears for a couple of months now, and it's so annoying I don't notice it much during the day but it seems pretty bad at night. I've had other symptoms which makes me think I might have TMJ problems, I've had pains in and just below my ears which isn't an infection, jaw pains and a cracking noise when I swallow/yawn etc. Has anyone's tinnitus gone away or got better after treatment like wearing a jaw splint?

 
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Old 06-29-2012, 10:21 PM   #2
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Re: TMJ causing tinnitus?

Absolutely!!! My TMJ presented as ear stuffiness, ear pain and ringing in the ears. The combination of a few months with a lower mandibular repositioning splint and physical therapy with orofacial trigger point releases really helped reduce all of my ear symptoms.

I'm now 2 years into my direct TMJD treatment and I can't remember the last time I had the ringing in my ears.
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Absolutely!!! My TMJ presented as ear stuffiness, ear pain and ringing in the ears. The combination of a few months with a lower mandibular repositioning splint and physical therapy with orofacial trigger point releases really helped reduce all of my ear symptoms.

I'm now 2 years into my direct TMJD treatment and I can't remember the last time I had the ringing in my ears.
Thanks so much for your reply, that's reassuring to know. The tinnitus bothers me more than the pain so I really hope a splint might work. Slightly worried about how much it will cost but if the ringing went away it would be worth it. I'm going to see a dentist this week so hopefully they will refer me to a dental hospital or something.

 
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Re: TMJ causing tinnitus?

Hi Katylou,

I was in a lower, permanent repositional splint for a year and it helped sort out my very extreme tinnitus, as well as a host of other nasty symptoms. I was in the splint for a year. I'm now 2 months into braces and the tinnitus has come back as they are moving my jaw forward too aggressively. The dentist slowed things down a bit and the tinnitus is very manageable. I think it makes sense that as things are shifting in the ear/jaw area, the tinnutus may flucturate until things are completely stable.

If you do have TMJ, just make sure you get the absolute best modern neuromuscular dentist who has healed many people with TMJ through neuromuscular splint/orthodontists. I've heard so many stories of people whose symptoms worsen because they don't get the right treatment by a highly skilled professional. You really need a dentist with a ton of post grad in TMJ treatment and a proven record of healing TMJD with the most updated equipment and techniques. If you need to drive a distance to get to this person, it's worth it!

All the best

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Old 07-02-2012, 01:28 PM   #5
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Re: TMJ causing tinnitus?

That's great, glad to hear the splint helped you hope the problems you've been having with the brace get sorted out though.
Yeah it seems like it's tricky finding dentists who acutally know how to treat TMJD properly! I'm seeing an NHS dentist but I'm pretty doubtful if they'll be able to help much from what I've read on message boards.
I'm in London so there seems to be quite a few private specialists and might have to go down this route, they're so expensive though
Did you find other things like eating soft food, ice packs etc. helped much?
Thanks for your reply, it means a lot just hearing from other people who are going through similar problems.

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Re: TMJ causing tinnitus?

Hi Katylou,

Sounds like you don't have coverage in England either. It's so unfair that we have to pay so much money to access the right specialists and treatments!

I did find the moist heat, applied to the sore areas, really helped me along with going to a soft foods diet. Cold actually made my symptoms worsen as all the muscles contracted rather than relaxed. Seeing a PT who specialized in TMJ/orofacial issues helped as well. Once I was in my splint, I wasn't seeing results at first so I went to a TMJ chiro. My body was twisted and uneven at the hips and shoulders (and I had a twisted atlas), which tied into the TMJ issues. This is quite common with TMJ apparently. It's really a whole body-wide issue for a lot of folks. Once the chiro straightened all these things out, I started to see significant results with the splint.

I hope you can find someone really good to see - make sure they have a ton of post grad in neuroumuscular treatments for TMJ under their belt. Best if you can look into things sooner rather than later as TMJ issues tend not to go away, but worsen over time.

Hang in there...things can get better! Let us know if you have any questions

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Old 07-11-2012, 11:29 AM   #7
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Re: TMJ causing tinnitus?

Thanks again for your advice I think it might be possible to get help on the NHS but think it's pretty difficult.
I went to see a dentist and she thought I had TMJ problems,so they're making a plastic mouth guard for me to wear at night - slightly worried as have heard these can sometimes make things worse, but I'll see how it goes.She said if that didn't help she would refer me to a TMJ specialist.
Eating soft food seems to have helped the pain quite a bit but still have the ringing ears and cracking/clicking
thanks again, hope things are going well for you

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Re: TMJ causing tinnitus?

Hey Katylou,

Nice to hear back and thanks for your well wishes

I don't know about England but in N.America regular dentists really don't have the expertise to treat TMJD and their efforts routinely end up either not helping or often worsening the problem. It's an incredibly tricky disorder to treat and requires a lot of specialized education. I realize this may not be what you want to hear, but I just don't want to see another person's situation worsened.

Anyway I wish you the best! Hang in there and keep at it until you find a solution . It's best to try all the non-invasive and impermanent treatments first, like you are doing. I just hope this dentist has the expertise to help you - in my opinion, this is best done by a TMJ specialist.

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Thanks again for your advice I think it might be possible to get help on the NHS but think it's pretty difficult.
I went to see a dentist and she thought I had TMJ problems,so they're making a plastic mouth guard for me to wear at night - slightly worried as have heard these can sometimes make things worse, but I'll see how it goes.She said if that didn't help she would refer me to a TMJ specialist.
Eating soft food seems to have helped the pain quite a bit but still have the ringing ears and cracking/clicking
thanks again, hope things are going well for you

Katy
Hi katy, I live in london and just wanted to see how your getting on. I have been in lower 24/7 splint for 2months-no changes yet.my main symptoms eye pressure and clicking neck pressure. I will continue to perserver but didn't go with nhs but a private dentist in city of london. (I have a displaced disc btw).

 
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Old 02-16-2013, 02:25 AM   #10
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Re: TMJ causing tinnitus?

Hi all,

I've had tinlnitus in my ears (but a little more in my left ear) for about 7 months now. I also get pains around my head, wake up with a slight headache every morning (assuming from clenching teeth - even with a mouth guard on!!) and pain around my jaw joint/ infront on my ears. Is this TMJ? Coz I'm really freakingggg out here, thinknig is it a brain tumour?!?!

A little reassurance please...

 
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Re: TMJ causing tinnitus?

Ann and Sim

Hi and some advice that might help both of you in the meantime.

Sim - some of the symptoms you mentioned indicate tension in the scalp and the jaw indicate a TMJ issue. To help relieve some of the tension you have, do some gentle neck stretches and shoulder stretches. Try and find where the tension is and work on gently releasing it. Tension in the muscles and jaw tends to be referred tension from other parts of the body but end up as TMJ.

For your jaw and scalp what I suggest is to place a hot water bottle on the area, once the muscles are warm, massage them using a downward stroking motion. When you find the muscles have eased work on your temples and the area above your ears. This will help with tension headaches which is something that painkillers never ever provide a relief for in my case. You can also use a circular motion with your fingers to relieve muscle tension in your scalp, temple and jaw areas.

Relieving this tension will also help with the tinnitus as the pressure from the muscle tension is having an affect on your inner ear. Strange but true.

Ann - have you check to see if you have any tension in your shoulders or lower back? In a lot of cases the 2 are connected, with a displaced disc this can be anything from muscle tension imbalance to an injury which means on part of your body is stronger than the other which is pulling your neck out of shape and causing neck issues.

Let me know how things go as in both cases some PT and massage can improve the symptoms which can relieve the tension.

Most of my TMJ problems started from a shoulder injury and i think an earlier back injury when I was 18, the catalyst was my shoulder injury as my TMJ kicked in about 12 months after in a bad way. I still use maintenance massage and stretching to keep everything in order.

 
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Re: TMJ causing tinnitus?

Thank you for your advice. So you think it's just TMJ? Nothing more serious? I will definitely try some of your tips. Thank you :-)

 
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Thank you for your advice. So you think it's just TMJ? Nothing more serious? I will definitely try some of your tips. Thank you :-)
Sim - from what you have mentioned yes, you are waking with a headache and that you wear a mouth guard and admit to clenching. These are strong indicators muscular tension is a culprit. The tension in front of the ears will be the jaw muscles which are under constant strain from the clenching. I would also look at any life stresses as clenching and grinding is normally due to emotional stress and your are trying to solve a problem.

There are various ways of dealing with this, you can write it down in a pro or cons list and create an action plan or use something like EFT or Tapping to resolve the issue. these are suggestions and things work differently for every person, find what works for you and expand on that.

Good luck and keep me posted.

 
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You many consider seeking out an Neuromuscular therapist who specializes TMD/TMJ. Ideally a bodyworker who also incorporates CranioSacral and or Myofascial Release Therapies.

 
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:17 AM   #15
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Re: TMJ causing tinnitus?

Hey guys i have had ear surgery (myringoplasty) for perforated ear drum for second time in my right ear and have started hearing significant ringing in my ear ..and its been 4 weeks after surgery and i still hear continuous hissing sound ..will my tinnitus go with time or will it persist forever ..at beginning i thought may my ear suffered some physical trauma that caused tinnitus but now i do not think so ..some one please help me with reply ..this thing is driving me crazy

 
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