9. TMJ Treatment
The last remedy for tinnitus that is worth exploring is TMJ treatment. TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint disorder and is a condition caused by a dysfunctional jaw joint. The jaw joint is located adjacent to the ears and often the dysfunction can cause ear problems such as tinnitus, clogged and itchy ears, and ear pain. Other symptoms of TMJ include jaw pain, frequent headaches, and migraines, back, neck, face pain, and lockjaw.
So why does TMJ cause tinnitus? It doesn’t always cause it. In some cases, it might make mild cases of tinnitus worse. The chewing muscles extend into the middle ear so when someone has TMJ, there is a direct connection between their dysfunctional jaw and their ear. The pain and inflammation can spread easily from the jaw area and into the ear which can cause tinnitus. In addition, the nerves connected to the joint connect with the area of the brain responsible for interpreting sound and hearing. TMJ can then affect the nerve and this area of the brain.
If you’re tired of suffering from tinnitus and think TMJ might be to blame, our Fort Atkinson TMJ dentist can help diagnose your condition and find the right treatment for you. Please contact Bite Align today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Stafford to find out if you have TMJ and how TMJ treatment can improve your tinnitus. Call us today at (920) 563-7323 to book an appointment.