How Can TMJ Cause Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a common medical condition in which patients perceive a sound when there is no noise present. The American Tinnitus Association states that about 50 million people in America alone struggle with Tinnitus. 

What are the Symptoms of Tinnitus?

The symptoms can vary from patient to patient. Sometimes, a patient can only hear 

  • Small clicks 
  • Buzzes
  • Hissing
  • Whistling
  • Soft music

 Additionally, Tinnitus can vary in duration. Some only experience symptoms temporarily, whereas others have chronic Tinnitus. 

What are the Symptoms of TMJ?

In rare cases, Tinnitus can be brought on by TMJ and jaw joint dysfunction. It can be painful and even debilitating for individuals experiencing the symptoms of both of these medical issues. TMJ patients will typically experience a myriad of symptoms alongside Tinnitus, including: 

  • Vertigo
  • Hearing loss
  • Earaches

Symptoms vary from patient to patient, much like the effects of Tinnitus do. 

How Does TMJ Cause Tinnitus?

TMJ often leads to Tinnitus because your jaw muscles and inner ear muscles are overworked. Typically, your jaw muscles and inner ears correlate with one another, meaning that if one set of muscles flexes, so does the other. Thus, when TMJ overworks your jaw, your ear muscles also experience the same tension. This tension can cause your ear canal to become more sensitive, which can ultimately lead to Tinnitus. 

It can often be challenging to cope with both TMJ and Tinnitus at the same time. After all, having jaw pain and ear irritation simultaneously can be painful. There are various treatment plans for TMJ and Tinnitus, which can be difficult to navigate on your own. That’s why Dr. Konig’s office is here to assist you in looking for the right treatment plan.

Dr. Konig Can Help

TMJ can be treated through our neuromuscular dentistry services here at our Houston dental office. Dr. Konig can help ease your TMJ pain through his TMJ treatment plan. Dr. Konig’s treatment plan can help reduce your Tinnitus, as well. If your TMJ is treated appropriately, your Tinnitus symptoms might subside, causing you less pain and more peace of mind. 

If you’re interested in any of our neuromuscular dentistry services, Dr. Konig would love to schedule an appointment with you. If you have any questions regarding Houston Sleep Apnea Dentistry, please feel free to contact our office, Ronald W. Konig DDS, FAGD, LVIF, 713-668-2289.

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