While dealing with the constant and annoying phantom noises can cause those who deal with tinnitus to compare it to a disease like cancer, diabetes, etc, tinnitus itself is not considered a disease but rather a symptom of something that is wrong in the body. While most of the causes of tinnitus remain unknown, sometimes it can be a case of TMJ syndrome or disorder.
Can tinnitus caused by TMJ be cured? It’s very likely than once this root cause of tinnitus is removed, it will not only relieve your jaw issues but the noises you hear may go away.
TMJ and tinnitus
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint which connects the jaws to the skull and allows people to open or close the mouth as well as move the jaws sideways. The upper and lower jaws are connected by five pairs of muscles as well as the TMJ which enables this opening, closing, sideways, backwards and forward movement of the jaw.
TMJ syndrome or disorder develops when the muscles, bones, joints, etc, do not function properly which can cause many problems including tinnitus. When you have tinnitus, you’ll usually hear sounds in one or both ears that other people are usually unable to hear. Some of the phantom noises heard include clicking, ringing, hissing, buzzing, whooshing, roaring, whistling, etc.
These sounds come and go or are not very loud which can allow you to ignore them and not seek treatment or they can be constant and at a high pitch which can negatively impact your life.
When TMJ syndrome is the cause of tinnitus you may hear clicking or grating sounds when you move your jaw although these sounds can also be heard without moving the jaw but this is rare.
Can tinnitus caused by TMJ be cured?
It has been estimated that as many as ten million Americans deal with TMJ disorder but most often than not, it goes undiagnosed, misdiagnosed and even untreated. Some people learn to live with the discomfort and other issues caused by this condition which can be challenging especially if tinnitus comes along for the ride.
Can tinnitus caused by TMJ be cured? “Curing” this type of tinnitus means removing the cause (TMJ syndrome) first and then the sounds may be quieted. You can seek professional help but it’s important to find a TMJ specialist because as mentioned previously, it can be misdiagnosed or go undiagnosed. Start with a TMJ dental specialist who will create a special splint or mouthpiece to help the muscles relax.
Your teeth or bony structures may need to be moved to correct the issues and in a few cases, surgery may be recommended. Besides seeking the expertise of a TMJ dental specialist, you may also need to find an orthopedist, a neurologist, an ear, nose and throat specialist, a chiropractor, a physical therapist, etc, in order to successfully treat TMJ syndrome.
All these can get pricey so before you turn to professionals, you may want to consider some natural (and inexpensive) methods that may be able to help eliminate TMJ syndrome as well as the symptoms including tinnitus. Find out more about whether you have TMJ disorder as well as effective natural methods that you can use to eliminate this disorder by clicking here.