My ear problems are pretty limited to "fullness" and popping, and occasional fluttering. It has gotten a lot worse lately - it used to happen infrequently and now it is happening every day, for most of the day. It is only in my right ear, and seems to get worse when on an elevator, after exercising, or when I sniff or take a deep breath. The only thing that alliviates it is either holding my head upside down, or pressing on my neck (about where you would take your pulse). But, as soon as I swallow again, it pops again.
I've gone to an ENT who says there is no fluid and nothing wrong with my ear at all. I only learned it was TMJ-related two years ago from a friend who was getting her PhD in audiology. My dentist also concurred.
Based on what I have read on this board, it seems that a splint is the way to go. But, I must confess that I don't even know what that is. I used to have a bite guard, but then I got braces (a second time) so my bite guard no longer fits. Is a splint different than a bite guard? Any idea of the cost, and if insurance usually covers it? Thanks for your help!