My right ear has been ringing for 7 months. I had a very extensive ear test and my ears are fine. I also had an MRI and the results were normal. In addition to my ears ringing, I have some neck pain and head pain that is worse at night. I only have clicking noises at night, also. Could this all be TMJ related? Thanks. Dennis
Dennis – Ringing in the ear, or tinnitus, is one of the symptoms of TMJ disorder. Ear infections, migraine headaches, and other disorders can also cause tinnitus. But tinnitus can be a symptom of medical issues other than TMJ. Sometimes trauma to the head or neck can cause the symptoms you are experiencing.
The other symptoms that you mentioned—late night pain and clicking noises—are potential TMJ symptoms. Teeth clenching and grinding, often associated with TMJ, can cause sore jaw and facial muscles and tinnitus.
It is best to get an examination by a TMJ dentist with credentials and training specific to identifying and treating the disorder. This will help you avoid spending money on dental work or appliances that don’t help the problems you are experiencing.
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