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How a TMD Could Lead to Ringing in Your Ears

Posted on 5/24/2021 by Malmquist Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
How a TMD Could Lead to Ringing in Your EarsA TMD or temporomandibular joint disfunction, is one that effects the jaw. The temporomandibular joint is the one that connects the jawbone to the skull, so it is frequently in use. The TMJ is in use when we eat, chew, talk, yawn, and sometimes even just breathing. It is also affected when we clench or grind our teeth. Some may even find that they feel it in there TMJ when their ears pop, this is because the TMJ is located very close to the eardrums.

The TMJ and the Ear Drum

A common symptom of a TMD is ringing in the ears, otherwise known as tinnitus. How are the ears affected by the jaw? Well, the eardrum is actually located quite close to the temporomandibular joint, so if there is an issue with the joint, it may also affect the ears. When the TMJ becomes inflamed, due to the proximity, the eardrum can become affected also. This may affect the stabilization of the eardrum, which is associated with tinnitus. Tinnitus can be experienced in different ways for different people, it may be described as ringing, hissing, roaring, buzzing, or clicking in the ears.

TMD Prevention and Treatment

TMD can be caused by a number of things. TMD is misalignment of the parts of the jaw and can be caused by wear and tear of the teeth, abnormalities with the joint itself, trauma, or orthodontic issues. There are treatment methods that are both surgical and non-surgical. Some treatment may require mouthguards, which can also help with tinnitus, and prevent your mouth from future injury.

TMD can have lasting effects if not treated properly, and there are ways to take care of your mouth and jaw to prevent TMJ issues. If you have questions about TMD or tinnitus related to TMD, please give our office a call.

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