Have you ever heard of TMJ? Chances are you may not have or if you have heard of it, you may have just thought it was responsible for a clicking sound when a person opens his/her mouth. Studies have shown, that a large number of people suffer from the condition. TMJ disorder develops when the jaw joint is not positioned properly due to an improper bite (also called “occlusion”). Despite the high number of who suffer from TMJ disorder, many times the condition goes undiagnosed because the symptoms are rarely alarming enough to seem to require medical attention. However, if you suffer from constant ringing in the ears, medically known as tinnitus, you may have TMJ disorder.
The TMJ / Tinnitus Connection
Tinnitus and TMD are connected simply because the jaw joint is connected to a variety of other body parts including the head, neck, spine and the ears. A jaw that is not in its proper location can become dislocated which can then pinch blood vessels and nerves near the joint including the chorda tympani. When these nerves and/or blood vessels are pinched, it can cause “ringing” in the ears.
While tinnitus isn’t extremely painful, it can certainly be a nuisance. Unfortunately, tinnitus that is caused by TMJ disorder won’t stop on its own. The key to treating tinnitus is treating the cause of the condition. If it is found that your TMJ isn’t in its ideal location, with effective TMJ treatment, your tinnitus will likely go away. Of course, there are other causes of tinnitus.
End Your Tinnitus Today With TMJ Treatment
If you find that you are suffering from tinnitus along with other common TMJ symptoms, why not make a move to get the treatment you need? If you live in the Phoenix area, Dr. Pappas is your answer to ending your tinnitus and other symptoms caused by TMD. Don’t live any longer with a problem that can be fixed! Call our office today at 602.957.9643or contact us online to schedule a TMJ consultation.