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MountainReader 06-26-2010 04:47 PM

Hearing loss due to TMJ???
 
I've had severe hearing loss in my right ear since birth.

My concern however is that I've been losing hearing in my left ear over the last two years. I've recently found out that I have TMJ and that I've probably had it since I had an unrelated surgery in April 2008. (Damage from jaw being opened for tube during surgery.) From my reading, I gather that with TMJ the jaw can be pushed back into the ear as is the case in my instance. I actually got my TMJ diagnosis because my right ear has been "stuffy" for 16 months. I had some muscle spasms around my ear as well. What I'm curious about is whether or not the TMJ is causing my new hearing loss. If so, I'm wondering if my TMJ treatment might help some of my hearing loss return. My treatment involves pulling my jaw foward and to the left.

I'd be happy to hear from others who might have stories or info to share.

braveheart226 06-26-2010 05:23 PM

Re: Hearing loss due to TMJ???
 
I got this from a website, hope it helps a bit:

Since the temporomandibular joint is close to the ears, injury or irritation to the TMJ can cause various ear symptoms, such as earaches, loss of hearing, and tinnitus or ringing in the ear.

Note that these hearing symptoms are not only a result of a TMJ dysfunction. They can be caused by problems completely separated from TMJ. For example, tinnitus may be caused by working around loud noises or taking too much aspirin or ibuprofen.

For this reason, many TMJ sufferers often first see their family doctor and an ear specialist before even considering seeing a dentist. Unfortunately, many ear specialists do not seem to consider TMJ and would rather prescribe a hearing aid as a solution.

carmelnr7 08-09-2010 09:25 PM

Re: Hearing loss due to TMJ???
 
[QUOTE=MountainReader;4274085]I've had severe hearing loss in my right ear since birth.

My concern however is that I've been losing hearing in my left ear over the last two years. I've recently found out that I have TMJ and that I've probably had it since I had an unrelated surgery in April 2008. (Damage from jaw being opened for tube during surgery.) From my reading, I gather that with TMJ the jaw can be pushed back into the ear as is the case in my instance. I actually got my TMJ diagnosis because my right ear has been "stuffy" for 16 months. I had some muscle spasms around my ear as well. What I'm curious about is whether or not the TMJ is causing my new hearing loss. If so, I'm wondering if my TMJ treatment might help some of my hearing loss return. My treatment involves pulling my jaw foward and to the left.

I'd be happy to hear from others who might have stories or info to share.[/QUOTE]

carmelnr7 08-09-2010 09:41 PM

Re: Hearing loss due to TMJ???
 
I have sudden hearing loss. One minute I could hear and then deafness in one ear. Prior to that I had a crown put in and the dental assistant was hanging (sort of leaning)her weight on my jaw. I was in the dentist chair for two hours and then the next week the same. About two months later there went my hearing...followed in a few days by tinnitus and the pulsating noises. Sounds like a base speaker going all the time. Ringing, ocean sea shell noises, sharp pain every once in a while. Also, no ear wax at all. This happened about 8 years ago. For the jaw pain the dentist..a different one made me a bite plate...also told me to put a pencil across my mouth way back in the corners and loosely hold it there with my teeth...it worked. When the ringing gets really bad I take a 5 mg of valium...it seems to help. Also we live in Florida so I either put on the air conditioner or a fan that drowns out the noise. But, the good news is after some time... you will get used to it and not notice it as much. When the barrimetric pressure..such as a storm coming in...its pure hell. People have to talk almost in a whisper to me. Its certainly nerve wracking living like this. I also now have ultra sensitive hearing. I keep cotton in my ear at all times and its a big help. Loud noises seem even louder and this muffles things some. I went to three ear, nose and throat doctors and they weren't able to help or give any suggestions. I am only able to live with this because I thought up things myself.


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