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Ringing in Your Ears is a Symptom that Could Point to a Jaw Problem


Posted on 8/9/2021 by Pacific Oral and Facial Surgery Center
Ringing in Your Ears is a Symptom that Could Point to a Jaw ProblemWhen you are in a silent place, all you expect to hear is silence. However, some people experience the opposite of it. They might experience a constant tone, a high-pitched ringing, or even roars. These are disturbing noises that prevent such people from relaxing or focusing. If you experience any of these symptoms, you could be suffering from tinnitus. Tinnitus is a condition that causes distractive noises when someone isn't listening or talking. This condition has been linked with jaw problems, and experiencing such symptoms could mean you have TMJ.

Tinnitus and TMJ


When you regularly experience ringing in your ears, it could also be a sign of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ). Given that damage to the jaw can affect hearing, TMJ could also cause tinnitus in some people. Research shows that nearly half of TMJ patients have some symptoms of tinnitus. There are several factors that can cause this condition: they include blockages in the ear canal, hearing loss, and unexpected exposure to loud noises.

Cases of tinnitus tend to be temporary, but it is common to come across permanent tinnitus cases. TMJ is a condition that affects the area around the temporomandibular joint. This joint has a firm disk that is responsible for connecting all the bones in the jaw. As a result, you will have to chew, speak, and open your mouth. When this joint sustains damage, it will cause a ringing voice in your ears.

Furthermore, tinnitus could also be a sign of TMJ. This tends to cause confusion between the two conditions. It is important that you visit our offices for a jaw examination to determine the exact cause of your discomfort. We will be able to clarify whether you have TMJ or tinnitus. Contact our offices for more information on tinnitus and its relation to TMJ.
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