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Old 08-16-2009, 03:04 PM   #1
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TMJ and Hearing Loss

(I'm sorry, to one other person this post may sound repetitive, I was in another place, and someone recommended this site. So I posted the same question here because it was a bit too much to ask the same question and reword it):

My wife is blind and has fibromyalagia, now she has TMJ. The TMJ is causing her hearing to go out which is depressing her because her hearing is all she has to be in contact with the world besides her cane. I wanted to know if there was any advice anyone could give for relieving her jaw pain to allow her to hear again? We've tried all of the treatments recommended on websites, maybe anyone here has tried something that helps?

P.S. I asked her if we could get a hearing aid, and she says because her hearing loss is moderate (but still enough to struggle with hearing), she can't get a hearing aid, and that she would need one to go on the back of her air because if it were in it would come out (something along those lines).

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Old 08-16-2009, 05:10 PM   #2
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Re: TMJ and Hearing Loss

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(I'm sorry, to one other person this post may sound repetitive, I was in another place, and someone recommended this site. So I posted the same question here because it was a bit too much to ask the same question and reword it):

My wife is blind and has fibromyalagia, now she has TMJ. The TMJ is causing her hearing to go out which is depressing her because her hearing is all she has to be in contact with the world besides her cane. I wanted to know if there was any advice anyone could give for relieving her jaw pain to allow her to hear again? We've tried all of the treatments recommended on websites, maybe anyone here has tried something that helps?

P.S. I asked her if we could get a hearing aid, and she says because her hearing loss is moderate (but still enough to struggle with hearing), she can't get a hearing aid, and that she would need one to go on the back of her air because if it were in it would come out (something along those lines).
HI--Glad you made it.. Please list your wife's symptoms and what dental work she has done that might have caused the onset of tmj symptoms. (if any) How long has she had the tmj? You can click on search this thread at the top of the page, and enter hearing loss and tmj, and see what old post come up. Good luck to you both, Sincerely, Jill.

 
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Old 08-16-2009, 05:56 PM   #3
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Re: TMJ and Hearing Loss

My guess is that her inner ear is blocked. Sometimes my hearing will go out a bit but not completely and it will happen randomly. The TM joint is right next to your ear. Should the disc slip it will hit the ear and block it. Your wife may be even hearing funny noises or ringing as well.

An ENT would not be able to help with this other than just tell you "Yes, your wife's hearing is poor". Seek out a TMJ specialist and list that as your chief complaint. Typically after palpating muscles they can figure out what is obstructing your ear. More than likely, its the Eustachian tube that is blocked.

 
Old 08-17-2009, 05:33 AM   #4
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Jmitchell:
Hmm well recently it was just a random occurrence. When I first met her she mentioned TMJ a while back (many years before), so she's always had jaw pain, but it's just this this recently that it's flared up, which is a symptom of her fibro.

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(sorry I'm unfamiliar with ENT what does that mean?). Thanks! I am definitely going to bring this up to her she's sleeping now and hates when I wake her. If this is the case Tube being blocked, what would the methods be to fix or relieve it?

 
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Update: Valetrance she said she gets all of the things that you described. And I just found out ENT is ear doctor (ear, nose, and throat).

How will the TMJ specialist fix this and how should we relieve it?

 
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Update: Valetrance she said she gets all of the things that you described. And I just found out ENT is ear doctor (ear, nose, and throat).

How will the TMJ specialist fix this and how should we relieve it?
Hi--I'm sounding repetitive at this point, so bear with me. Post where you live in the US right now so we can refer you hopefully to a really good tmj specialist. THey all do different forms of treatment, and are expensive, but don't let the $ issue stand in your way of getting her help. Standard treament usually is done in phases. Phase 1 usually is many tests and x-rays to see how progressed your tmj is, and what shape the joints are in. (As far as the tests go, look under my reply to Silverwings about the list to print out and bring to your doctor..if you can't find it, let me know. ) Anyways, they will take impressions of your lower and upper teeth, and do tomograms to study your bite, and the conditions of your joints. After all that is done, they will send your molds to the lab and have an orthodic (splint) made to give you the correct bite ...this will give the joints some relief because it's giving the condyles more room to operate, hopefully reducing symtoms in the long run. It's called a repositional orthodic appliance. Long term use of this appliance will cause your jaw to be in a new position, and after you are out of pain and comfortable, then the bite is assessed and permanent changes usually are done in the bite to mirror what the splint gave you..(as far as the new jaw position, and correct bite) This is usually done with braces, crowns, or equillibration. This phase and phase 1 for that matter has to be done will a very skilled, and very knowledgable dentist. It is crucial that you get a good referral before just calling any regular dentist or ortho. to get an opinion.
ps--look for my post to silverwings, let me know when you find it. I hope i helped in explaining phase 1 and 2. ---J.

 
Old 08-17-2009, 02:05 PM   #7
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Cavity fillings is the only thing she's ever had, she's always had TMJ though it was just never so bad, and the doctor wanted to give her braces or something but her parents said it wasn't a problem. Years later... but you know a year ago she got a concussion on her left ear with her headphones, she tripped over something and hit a brick wall ear first (it was back when she started to go blind). It's just now starting to have side effects if that is the case?

(I found the post ), and her symptoms are: Jaw muscles are sore, popping and crackling noises, hearing loss and ringing in her ears, shoulder, neck pains, sometimes even painful behind her eyes or cheek areas. (Her mouth has never lined up right) It hurts when she yawns. She can't bite down but she's never been able to.

When she was younger her dentist wanted to do jaw surgery cause her jaw was too big, and wanted to give her braces, (but her parents opted out). She is talking to me as I type so I sound repeitive. Also pain in her front teeth but more on the right side than on the left.
(oops sorry the order of these posts are hard to read because I just replied to an earlier post):

Hmm is there a list of TMJ specialists I can find somewhere?

 
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Cavity fillings is the only thing she's ever had, she's always had TMJ though it was just never so bad, and the doctor wanted to give her braces or something but her parents said it wasn't a problem. Years later... but you know a year ago she got a concussion on her left ear with her headphones, she tripped over something and hit a brick wall ear first (it was back when she started to go blind). It's just now starting to have side effects if that is the case?

(I found the post ), and her symptoms are: Jaw muscles are sore, popping and crackling noises, hearing loss and ringing in her ears, shoulder, neck pains, sometimes even painful behind her eyes or cheek areas. (Her mouth has never lined up right) It hurts when she yawns. She can't bite down but she's never been able to.

When she was younger her dentist wanted to do jaw surgery cause her jaw was too big, and wanted to give her braces, (but her parents opted out). She is talking to me as I type so I sound repeitive. Also pain in her front teeth but more on the right side than on the left.
(oops sorry the order of these posts are hard to read because I just replied to an earlier post):

Hmm is there a list of TMJ specialists I can find somewhere?
HI--She definitely needs a specialist, and x-rays and testing. You can look under the Great tmj doctors thread at the top of the tmj board page, and see if any are in your area. If you feel comfortable doing so, tell us what city you are located in and someone may give you a great referral that way.
As far as her accident with her headphones, depending on how hard she hit the side of her face, she could have dislocated something. She definitely needs x-rays, and a good exam by a specialist. Let us know where you are for a referral. ---J.

ps--as far as x-rays, she definitely needs tomograms done, and maybe an mri, but the specialist can make that call.

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Old 08-17-2009, 04:11 PM   #9
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Re: TMJ and Hearing Loss

Typically you can type in TMJ specialist and then the area where you live and find someone close by.

But yes, ENT is ear nose and throat. Since people have ear pain while experiencing TMJ they see an ENT first and they are usually able to find nothing which is more frustrating. The TM joint is right next to the ear and the muscles connected are used in mastication as well as opening and closing important parts of the inner ear. Everything in the head is connected. X-rays sound needed.

If you say where you are located I can usually find a doctor.

 
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