Many adults believe ringing in their ears (tinnitus) is an indicator of hearing problems or an ear infection, but a misaligned jaw or an issue with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) could be the cause behind this aggravating sound. Our TMJ specialist can help determine if the ringing sound is caused by TMJ and ease any additional TMJ Disorder (TMD) symptoms you may be experiencing through neuromuscular dentistry.
Each year, 1 in 10 adults experience tinnitus in one or both ears for longer than 3 months. This sound has been described as ringing, roaring, buzzing or hissing and can interrupt your daily activities. Tinnitus can be caused by a multitude of conditions such as high blood pressure, hearing loss, certain medications or TMD. This makes diagnosis difficult, but when coupled with other common symptoms, ringing ears can be a sign of TMD.
Common TMJ Disorder Symptoms
You may not realize you’re experiencing several symptoms of TMD because they can be mild or lead you to believe it’s another condition entirely. TMD treatment can alleviate these symptoms along with tinnitus:
- Ear pain or popping
- Jaw pain
- Jaw clicking, locking or popping
- Back or neck pain
There are many other symptoms associated with TMD, and our neuromuscular dentist can help identify whether your jaw joints are the cause behind your pain.
If you’re experiencing ringing in your ears, please call Dr. Warr in Utah today at (801) 216 3713 to schedule your dental exam. Warr Dental serves patients throughout Utah including Salt Lake City, Midvale and West Jordan.