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Old 08-09-2012, 03:12 AM   #1
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ear pain/tmj

Does anyone else get increased ear/jaw pain when wearing ear plugs? I have to wear ear plugs (usually Kleenex tissues) when washing my hair, visiting dentist to reduce the noise of the drill, etc, and I always end up with hugely intensified ear/ jaw pain, Does anyone else experience that and have any anwers as to why it occurs?

 
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Re: ear pain/tmj

I can't answer your question about the ear plugs, but the ear and TMJ are just mm apart so I could see where you might get pressure/pain from the ear plugs.

Have you tried wearing silicone wax ear pillows insead of traditional ear plugs? They mold around the outer part of your ear canal. The silicone wax ear molds are even re-usable for several uses if you need. I haven't tried them for your purposes, but the packaging looks pretty impressive. I use the silicone was to help with pain on my braces. It works much better than the traditional orthodontic wax. Anyway, it is something I would try if I had your issues. It reduces noise 22 db which is fairly significant.
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