Re: TMJ & hearing loss
If your hearing loss is so recent, I'd seek out an ENT as soon as possible. There are many things out there that could cause your symptoms that can be treated fairly easily. You really should have this evaluated by a physician before jumping to the TMJD worries.
That said, I'm one of those people on this board who had ear problems. My ear got "stuffy" and didn't pop for over a year. When I went to the ENT and Audiologists, I discovered I'd lost quite a bit of hearing. Not long after that, severe ear pain set in as well.
I finally figured out it was TMJD. My tmj discs had slipped forward resulting in my lower jaw being pushed back a few mm into my ear. Splint therapy combined with physical therapy with trigger point treatments really has helped.
Unfortunately, my hearing hasn't returned. I go back in the next month to have it tested so I can see exactly how it is doing.
Asthma, Allergies, severe LPR/GERD, Anemia, TMJD, Hearing Loss, Ulnar Impaction Syndrome, Shoulder Impingement--both shoulders, Benign Joint Hypermobility, possible Ehlers Danlos Syndrome