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TMD Could Be What Causes Your Tinnitus

Posted on 3/25/2020 by Dr. Chad Rebhun
TMD Could Be What Causes Your TinnitusTinnitus is not only a very frustrating and highly irritating condition; it can at times be physically painful as well. Much beyond a simple distraction, tinnitus can often times consume the focus of and destroy the concentration of the person who is suffering from it.

There can be many causes of this disorder, from high blood pressure to exposure to loud sounds while failing to utilize the proper hearing protection. But what many people are surprised to find out is the fact that it can also be caused by TMD. Here is a little more about it:

Shared Middle Ear Nerves and Ligaments

The reason that tinnitus can sometimes be caused by TMD (or TMJ) is simply because the area of the jaw which is affected by it also shares some common ligaments and nerves with the middle ear, the place where tinnitus manifests itself. This is usually in the form of a non-stop ringing in the ears. In fact, at least one of the jaw nerves associated with TMD also connects to the hearing center in our brains.

Ask yourself a few questions: does the sound or rhythm change when you cough, chew, or yawn? Does it change when you move your neck around? How about when you clench or rotate your jaw? If the answer to any or all of these is “yes”, then you may be dealing with a TMD issue more so that tinnitus.

If you are having trouble not only treating your tinnitus, but even finding the root cause of it, it may be time to stop by and have a dental professional give you an exam to determine if TMD might be the culprit. We would be glad to help whenever it is convenient for you. Stop by or give us a call as soon as you are ready to look further into resolving the issue.

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