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Old 08-15-2007, 01:46 AM   #1
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TMJ and ear fullness - how to fix this?

I've tried a lot of things but my ears are still plugged up (they have been plugged up for over a year now). I can 'pop' them open again (each one separately) but they will close again in less than five seconds. There is DEFINITELY some jaw muscle or ligament putting pressure on my ear tubes. Of course I have also been diagnosed with Eustachian tube dysfunction, and that is part of the TMJ. I'm going to have to admit that I caused my own TMJ through tremendous amounts of stress and anxiety, and even though the anxiety and stress are finally gone - the physical symptoms of the TMJ still persist.

What should I do? I'm really at a loss here, because I want to pursue a career in audio engineering and I'm also a DJ... and I NEED my ears to be in full working order...


Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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Old 08-15-2007, 01:13 PM   #2
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Re: TMJ and ear fullness - how to fix this?

C'mon... someone's GOTTA be having ear issues with their TMJ. What have you tried so far and what has/hasn't helped your symptoms?

I tried acupuncture, trigger point injections, massage, physiotherapy, anti-inflammatory drugs, low down tricyclic anti-depressants, muscle relaxants, and getting more rest. So far a combination of all of those things seems to somewhat relieve the symptoms - but they aren't actually helping my joints get back into full working order.

 
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Old 08-15-2007, 02:30 PM   #3
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Re: TMJ and ear fullness - how to fix this?

Hey cad,
I have ear symptoms similar to yours.
When I take muscle relaxers they go away which is a good indication that they are muscle related.
Though no one on this board seems to have experience with it, this procedure sounds like it may help - do a search for Trigeminal Pharyngioplasty. I don't know how credible it is but you may want to check it out.
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Old 08-15-2007, 03:37 PM   #4
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Re: TMJ and ear fullness - how to fix this?

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I've tried a lot of things but my ears are still plugged up (they have been plugged up for over a year now). I can 'pop' them open again (each one separately) but they will close again in less than five seconds. There is DEFINITELY some jaw muscle or ligament putting pressure on my ear tubes. Of course I have also been diagnosed with Eustachian tube dysfunction, and that is part of the TMJ. I'm going to have to admit that I caused my own TMJ through tremendous amounts of stress and anxiety, and even though the anxiety and stress are finally gone - the physical symptoms of the TMJ still persist.

What should I do? I'm really at a loss here, because I want to pursue a career in audio engineering and I'm also a DJ... and I NEED my ears to be in full working order...


Any help will be greatly appreciated.

It will be a year in October with constant ear fullness for me. It's the single biggest problem I have with my TMJ.

My Eustachian tubes are fine according to my ENT. I believe that my TMJ joints are inflamed and that's why I have ear fullness.

The feeling I have is like sticky, liquid cement in my ears. I try doing jaw exercises every day but they don't help.

It's pure misery and there doesn't seem to be a clear resolution.

Best of luck

 
Old 08-15-2007, 06:43 PM   #5
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Re: TMJ and ear fullness - how to fix this?

This too is my only symptom of tmj. It will be a year in December for me. I went to an ent when I awoke one morning with diminished hearing. I did the whole prednisone bit, no results. My ear function is fine, but can't hear a thing. Now the left one has started buzzing constantly. I just started with a chiropractor because I'm desparate for help. 2 visits so far and no improvement. I know I have a bad bite with a lower molar missing. All my problems started about 8 weeks after I started wearing a nti splint. My dentist told me to discontinue the splint and my hearing would return. Yeah right!!!!!!!!! Muscle relaxants don't help, neither does dailey doses of advil. I've tried moist heat too. Any suggestions???????? The buzzing is driving me crazy with the fullness and pressure.

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Old 08-16-2007, 03:59 AM   #6
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Re: TMJ and ear fullness - how to fix this?

As far as I know ear problems from tmj may mean you lost molar height or your jaw needs to go a bit forward and down, or I read sometimes it can be caused by your atlas c1 being off center- as you head is on crooked.

Sometimes they do an mri to check for acoustic neuroma, or MS or other things.

 
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As far as I know ear problems from tmj may mean you lost molar height or your jaw needs to go a bit forward and down, or I read sometimes it can be caused by your atlas c1 being off center- as you head is on crooked.

Sometimes they do an mri to check for acoustic neuroma, or MS or other things.
Interesting. This all started happening to me when I popped my neck one day while turning my head. So it could be a cervical spine issue.

Also, when I move my jaw lower and forward I can feel my condyole move down and doesn't seem to pressing up into my ear as badly. Problem is I can't walk around with my mouth open all the time.

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stick your index fingers in your eyes and close your jaw. Do you feel your jaw bone (condyle) pushing up into your ear area?

This is what I have - and I don't think it's normal.

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Old 08-16-2007, 11:54 PM   #8
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stick your index fingers in your eyes and close your jaw. Do you feel your jaw bone (condyle) pushing up into your ear area?

This is what I have - and I don't think it's normal.

respond soon!

Hey dude - I did the index finger thing but I didn't feel anything pushing my ears. Contrary to your method - whenever I yawn or burp... I feel my muscles (or tendons) putting great pressure on my ear tubes that it actually HURTS. That has made me try to avoid yawning or burping as much as I can, or just hold my palms to my ears so that those muscles/tendons don't push the eardrums outward too hard when either of the two happens.


I'm still researching and trying new things. Hopefully one day I will be able to figure it out. I'll keep you all posted.

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Old 08-29-2007, 10:34 AM   #9
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Re: TMJ and ear fullness - how to fix this?

I have the fullness and ringing in my ears. Actually the fullness started about 8 months ago after my vacation where I flew to Ohio. I came home with a sinus infection. This cleared up but the fullness returned and has not let up.

My ENT says everything is all clear. I haven't had a scan because the copay is too pricey.

Since my ENT confirmed there was no fluid nor infection I am suspecting TMJ.

Some one mentioned seeing a chiropractor. Has that helped?

The ear fullness is maddening and here's the odd part. With my head upright the fullness feeling is the worst. But if I lean my head back or even forward the fullness goes away. But, the minute I put my head upright again, the fullness is right back. Any thoughts

 
Old 08-29-2007, 04:40 PM   #10
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Re: TMJ and ear fullness - how to fix this?

The 'fullness' is most likely due to Eustachian tube dysfunction. ETD is when your Eustachian tubes do not regulate open/close states of your eardrums.

I KNOW that mine is caused by anxiety. That's right - my TMJ is caused by my anxiety. So I actually know what I need to work on...


Your reason may be different from mine, but if you don't know - then it would be wise to sit down and try to figure out what caused your problems and what you can do about them.

 
Old 08-30-2007, 10:19 PM   #11
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Wow! I think I finally have the answer to this maddening hearing problem!! Thanks!

I was diagnosed with TMJ many, many years ago. Had the appliance and gave up on that. Finally sent to a specialist and massage, which included cranio sacral work, was the answer. That and learning not to clench my mouth/teeth when stressed or talking.

I am also prone to ear infections, so that is what I thought I had. Three rounds of antibiotics and a cortisone shot and I still cant hear. The cortisone did help.

There is a clinic in my area that I have gone to where they do direct PT on the mouth and jaw. It has helped in the past and that is probably where I am headed again.

I am under a lot of stress now with a Breast cancer diagnosis and in treatment. I suppose that was what set it off again.

Does anyone have any more ideas to relieve the pain and fullness? Heat at night has helped me. I wrap a heating pad around my head. It looks ridiculous but helps. Also do self massage on the area and other things to ease neck strain, etc.

 
Old 09-06-2007, 11:43 AM   #12
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Re: TMJ and ear fullness - how to fix this?

I also have had ear fullness. I never really knew how to describe it to anyone who hasnt had it, but what has been written in these posts have been describing my pain to a T. I also went to an ENT who said everything was clear. I would believe him if I didnt experience the pain I was feeling. Mine is the worst when I am running sprints or in hard physical activity. I am a division 1 college athlete so at the moment its hard to just not run sprints or play.
Has anyone found any treatments that they have found useful? Any ideas would help!

 
Old 09-06-2007, 05:17 PM   #13
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Hi everyone,
I've had the earfullness for almost a year now. The past 4 months I've been experiencing ear humming and hissing. Driving me crazy. I started to see a chiropractor 6 weeks ago. There has been improvement. He claims my neck is causing all my ear and jaw pain. All the noises in my ears have disappeared. The fullness is still there, but there is a slight improvement. Its not the only thing I think about now. I also have to use a gel on my jaw and neck every night. Maybe I've found some reprieve from all this madness...... There's still a long way to go but I'll take any improvement I can get.

Patti

 
Old 09-06-2007, 05:40 PM   #14
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I have been doing the manipulation of the inside cheek muscles that I learned at the TMJ clinic. It is helping. I notice mine gets worse as the week goes on, which makes sense.

It may be difficult to explain the manipulation over the internet. You hold very tightly the cheek muscles, with the fingers of one hand from inside and outside the mouth. You are looking for the trigger points or tenseness in the muscles.

You hold tightly and attempt to release the pressure and gently smooth out the muscles. It can be painful but releases the tightness in the long run. Maybe you can find it on the net somewhere.

 
Old 09-15-2007, 09:10 PM   #15
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Re: TMJ and ear fullness - how to fix this?

I'm not sure if I have a TMJ disorder but I have had ear fullness for about 6 months. I also get pain behind my eyes/nose and after exercising everything is worse, my ears pop, and my forehead hurts to the touch. If I turn my head too fast I get really dizzy. An ENT said my ears are fine and it could be stress or teeth grinding at night. I went to the dentist (needed a cleaning anyway) and he said I am and I'm going to get a night guard. Has anyone had help with a night guard? I'm starting to think that I have a sleeping problem because I never feel refreshed in the morning and have strange whirring sounds in my ears when I wake up, I have no attention span, and just can't think anymore. I'll see how much of that gets better with a night guard and then seek more help if needed.

Note-I'm still taking chantix to quit smoking which has some sleep interference as a side effect so some of my sleep problems could be due to that. But the ear fullness started months before the chantix.

 
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