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Old 06-27-2012, 05:56 PM   #1
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Speech affected by TMJ

Hi,

I was diagnosed with muscular TMJ about three years ago I still haven't been treated for it properly. I am headed to a pain clinic in a week and will see a TMJ specialist there too.

Anyway, does anyone have difficulty talking sometimes? The past week or so, I am not really stuttering, per se, but I mispronounce words, I am not perfectly pronouncing things, my usual clear and perfect speech is now messy and I hate this! My jaw right now feels tight as a drum. I can feel the stiffness and tension the muscles are causing for sure. Is this the cause of it? Does anyone else experience speech issues when their TMJ is messed up?

 
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Old 07-06-2012, 02:12 AM   #2
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Re: Speech affected by TMJ

I had this too - I hated it and found it quite embarrassing, esp when speaking up at a meeting at work or something. It felt to me like as if the jaw was catching or momentarily getting stuck mid-word. It's like a mild stutter. If it's any comfort I don't think other people noticed it as much as I noticed myself.

Good luck with your treatment, I hope you can get some relief soon

 
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Old 07-09-2012, 08:29 PM   #3
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Re: Speech affected by TMJ

I have experience with this problem as well. I had arthroscopic jaw surgery about 3 years ago due to the cartilage between my TMJ being dislogged. This caused mass swelling and arthritis that still causes me pain and discomfort with the changing of the weather, eating difficult foods, and speaking too much. This is an exceptional problem! I did start to notice that I stumbled on words or mispronounced my /s/ sometimes, and often sounded like I was slurring my words when I spoke too quickly or was flustered. Your jaw contains muscles that can become overworked and stressed just like the rest of your body, and the result of this strain and lead to speech problems. It is bothersome, but I have had other speech therapists say they don't notice it as much as I do, so I'm sure you-much like me-feel more aware of it than others. I would suggest looking into options to treat your condition as I know from experience TMJ can be very painful and stressful. Your jaw has the ability to shift and without medical intervention could lead to more severe problems in the future. Hopefully you find a solution at the pain clinic!

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Old 07-11-2012, 03:27 PM   #4
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I had this too - I hated it and found it quite embarrassing, esp when speaking up at a meeting at work or something. It felt to me like as if the jaw was catching or momentarily getting stuck mid-word. It's like a mild stutter. If it's any comfort I don't think other people noticed it as much as I noticed myself.

Good luck with your treatment, I hope you can get some relief soon
^ That's exactly what it feels like! It feels like something is getting stuck mid word, oh my gosh, exactly like that! Or it feels like my words are dragging. I also pause and stammer a bit.. my mom says she thinks now I'm paranoid and the added nervousness is making it worse but she certainly thinks it's TMJ related due to my constant head and temple pain, even the "look" of facial swelling.

It also feels like my tongue is stiff and doesn't want to move right as well... or it's moving too quickly, it feels totally off and weird. My lips look very "tight" almost and I feel like I can't find a proper bite yet I bet you anything when I go back to the dentist he will say my bite's okay because I've never had an off bite yet!

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I have experience with this problem as well. I had arthroscopic jaw surgery about 3 years ago due to the cartilage between my TMJ being dislogged. This caused mass swelling and arthritis that still causes me pain and discomfort with the changing of the weather, eating difficult foods, and speaking too much. This is an exceptional problem! I did start to notice that I stumbled on words or mispronounced my /s/ sometimes, and often sounded like I was slurring my words when I spoke too quickly or was flustered. Your jaw contains muscles that can become overworked and stressed just like the rest of your body, and the result of this strain and lead to speech problems. It is bothersome, but I have had other speech therapists say they don't notice it as much as I do, so I'm sure you-much like me-feel more aware of it than others. I would suggest looking into options to treat your condition as I know from experience TMJ can be very painful and stressful. Your jaw has the ability to shift and without medical intervention could lead to more severe problems in the future. Hopefully you find a solution at the pain clinic!
Thanks and I can totally relate here!

Very interesting that you are a speech therapist. Why can I ask, is the S and SH sound so commonly affected by people with TMJ? I feel like anything that makes the tongue work harder and faster is what I am having the most problems with.

I am definitely like you with personally noticing it more than others. I have a friend who lives in another state so to keep the dynamic going we talk on the phone a lot, do audios by email, and so she hears my voice a lot. She told me she hasn't noticed a difference at all to which I want to shake my fists because I know I hear it. LOL My mom has noticed the slight stammering but even said I still talk better than most people. LOL

It's all about what your norm is though. I used to have a voice and speech that I felt was very clear and even nice to hear. Now, I feel like I can't rely on it anymore and it sucks.

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Old 07-14-2012, 12:56 PM   #5
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Re: Speech affected by TMJ

I know my TMJ personally made my jaw shift slightly over the years, and any small change can have an effect on speech. Our speech mechanism is so finely tuned to create sounds with precise tongue/lip/jaw placement and air flow, so when things change your tongue, etc naturally still wants to go where it's supposed to. After surgery or intervention, it takes time for your brain to readjust and retrain your mouth to articulate correctly. Even before intervention, the changes can be hard on your articulators to keep trying to make the right sounds. There is no one specific reason, but the /s/ and /sh/ sounds need such a specific placement with your teeth together and tip of the tongue positioned to let air flow through. They are just sounds that can easily be slurred if your tongue and jaw are not working as fast as our rate of speech. Once I became aware of the issue, I started to remind myself to slow down when I speak and focus on putting my teeth together for /s/ words and eventually my body caught up with my new jaw shape. Hopefully with intervention and really focusing on clear, articulated speech you will see some improvement!

 
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Old 07-24-2012, 10:22 AM   #6
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Re: Speech affected by TMJ

Thank you very much for explaining this. My jaw tightness and pain is out of control and my speech is still being affected. I really need to get control of this because it's driving me crazy!

 
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Old 11-27-2012, 01:39 PM   #7
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Re: Speech affected by TMJ

Hello, took months looking for reasons, to doctors, neurologists, online. About my problem for pronunciation, especially with the letter s and sh, I saw you wrote in this forum, that at some point you had a similar problem.

Could you comment on your experience, you improved??. I've had it for several years out of position jaw, pain in the ears, neck shoulder, but in my country (Colombia), do not say anything.

At the beginning of my problem pronunciation of the letter "s" I thought it was a neurological problem, but the neurologists tell me that everything is fine. 6 months have passed and I still have the problem, I think it has worsened a bit.

any advice

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