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Tinnitus & TMJ

Tinnitus is typically infrequent and short-lived. But for people who have tinnitus every day, it can be a terribly distressing and life-disrupting experience. If your doctor cannot find a reason for your symptoms, your tinnitus may be TMJ-related, and TMJ tinnitus treatment may be what you need.

What Is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is an annoying sensation of hearing a sound when no external sound is present. The sounds are often described as ringing, humming, buzzing, roaring, clicking, or hissing. It can be non-stop or intermittent, in one ear or both, and be constant or vary in intensity from day to day.

The Connection Between Tinnitus & TMJ Problems

TMJ problems can cause pain in your jaw muscles or jaw joints, limited jaw motion, jaw muscle tension and tightness, jaw joint clicking, popping, and or locking (lockjaw), headache pain in your temples, a bite that doesn’t feel normal, or a combination of all of them.

The relationship between tinnitus and TMJ only impacts a small number of patients. In these patients, it is thought that persistently tense jaw muscles and/or inflamed TMJs (jaw joints) compromise the function of the Eustachian tube, tympanic membrane, or malleus bone which leads to ear symptoms, including tinnitus

Is Your Tinnitus TMJ-Related?

  • Does the tinnitus vary in intensity from day to day?
  • Is the tinnitus more prominent when you wake up in the morning?
  • Does the intensity of the tinnitus change when you open or close your mouth?
  • Does the tinnitus change when you move your jaw side-to-side?
  • Does the tinnitus change when you move your head?

If you answered yes to any of the above, there’s a chance your tinnitus is TMJ-related. At New York TMJ & Orofacial Pain, we see patients many patients with tinnitus and TMJ, and we have a host of TMJ tinnitus treatment strategies that can help, such as:

  • Intra-oral appliances
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Trigger point and other therapeutic injections
  • Medications
  • Exercises
  • BOTOX® injections
  • Self-massage techniques
  • Physical therapy

TMJ Tinnitus Treatment At New York
TMJ & Orofacial Pain

If your doctor has not been able to find signs of an ear infection or other ear problems, and you suspect your tinnitus is TMJ-related, we can help. We have five convenient offices in Manhattan, White Plains, Long Island and Springfield, NJ that offer TMJ tinnitus treatment. Make an appointment by calling 212-265-0110, or if you can’t call, complete this quick form , and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.