My ears have been ringing on and off for over a year. Within the past month or two the ringing is more consistent. My friend told me that her ears used to ring and that it was TMJ. If my ears won’t stop ringing is it TMJ? – Thanks Lacie
Lacie – Ringing in the ears (tinnitus) is one of the symptoms of TMJ, but there are other TMJ-related symptoms. Additionally, there are other causes for ringing in the ears.
In addition to ringing in the ears, TMJ sufferers may experience jaw popping, clicking, or locking; teeth grinding; earaches; facial or neck pain; and headaches. You can start by visiting a dentist who has been trained in TMJ diagnosis and treatment. He or she can determine if TMJ is the cause of the ringing in your ears.
Some other causes of tinnitus include ear wax blockage; age-related hearing loss; ear bone changes; trauma to the head or neck; and high blood pressure. There are other medical conditions that can cause tinnitus.
A TMJ dentist can work along with your medical doctor or other specialists to arrive at a correct diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
This post is sponsored by Colorado Springs dentist Dr. Joseph Rota.