Can your Tinnitus be related to TMJ?
Many people that have searched for a cure to their tinnitus didn't realize that tinnitus could be due to a misalignment of your jaw, a joint also known as TMJ. Tinnitus is located next to your TMJ (Tempo Mandibular Joint). Let’s discuss in detail how to identify if your TMJ is causing your Tinnitus.
What can cause Tinnitus unrelated to TMJ?
First, let's look at different causes of tinnitus and their relationship to successful treatment. Tinnitus caused by damaged hearing sensory cells and neurons is more difficult to completely cure tinnitus and is often treated with sound therapy and counseling.
Other causes of tinnitus can be medication, metabolic or cardiovascular diseases, middle ear injuries or diseases, or tumors. Treating these underlying conditions alleviates tinnitus symptoms.
Tinnitus in relation TMJ is usually treatable
Luckily, tinnitus caused by TMJ falls into the category of successful treatment where tinnitus can be relieved with treatment by a TMJ expert. Tinnitus caused by TMJ may occur due to Trauma, a strained muscle, a dislocation to the fibrous disc in the hinge joint, arthritis within the joint, and repetitive stress to the jaw joint.
The connection between TMJ and tinnitus
Problems with jaw joint (temporo-mandibular joint or TMJ), if left untreated can lead to tinnitus and other issues. The Jaw joint is extremely close to your ear and shares muscles and nerves. Injury along with repetitive stress can be very traumatic to the jaw joint and lead to Tinnitus which is a common TMJ symptom.
Signs that your tinnitus may be related to TMJ. TMJ Self-Tet
Although you could perform a simple TMJ self-testand establish the link between the two, it is important to note that a proper diagnosis is needed by a TMJ expert.
If your tinnitus is related to TMJ, you may be able to alter the intensity of your tinnitus by simple jaw movements.
• Does chewing, yawning, or coughing affects your tinnitus?
• Does moving your jaw forward or clenching your teeth affects your tinnitus?
• Does moving your neck affect your tinnitus?
• Does your tinnitus feel like a whistling, a muffled noise, or as if you are listening into a seashell?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, it is possible that underlying TMJ problems could be causing your tinnitus, and we recommend you contact our proactive Los Angeles TMJ clinic for a proper TMJ Evaluation.
Are You Experiencing Other TMJ Symptoms?
Your tinnitus maybe also be accompanied by other TMJ symptoms. You may be experiencing other more uncommon symptoms of TMJ such as:
These a just a few of symptoms that often go misdiagnosed and can be signs of TMJ/TMD. You may also experience: swelling of the jaw joint, neck pain, facial pain, ear congestion, bruxism, jaw and even tooth pain, numbness in arms, hands, and fingers, shoulder and back pain, postural problems, teeth grinding, especially at night.
How can TMJ problems be diagnosed?
In our Los Angeles TMJ Private Proactive, we use the latest technology to properly diagnose and treat TMJ/TMD. Within the first consultation Dr. Eddie Siman and let you know if he can help relieve your tinnitus for good!