Hearing loss is a common issue, affecting millions of people of various ages. And athough many causes of hearing loss are due to aging of the mechanics of the ear or exposure to excessive noise, an often overlooked cause may be your temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
Symptoms of TMJ-Related Hearing Loss
TMJ is closely related to the ear and can cause problems with this delicate, complex hearing organ. People who suffer from temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) may struggle for months or even years with ear-aches. They may see an ear specialist who tells them their ear looks healthy, and they may even blame it on allergies or simply go on living with it without an explanation.
Earaches, although often painful, are only part of the problem. Many TMD patients find that ringing of the ears (tinnitus) and hearing loss can strike as a result of TMJ problems too, and it can be difficult to get a diagnosis for the ongoing hearing issues. Some people may even be told they need hearing aids when it’s really a jaw problem at work.
In addition, because the ears play a crucial role in the body’s equilibrium system, many people with TMD experience balance or dizziness issues as well.
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How to Correct TMJ-Related Hearing Issues
Hearing is a complex process, and many factors could be at play in hearing loss. If you experience other symptoms of TMD such as jaw pain, popping, headaches, neck stiffness, or trouble opening your mouth wide, call us for a comprehensive evaluation. Often times when the TMD is corrected, problems like ringing in the ears and trouble hearing can be resolved.
If you can’t hear properly, you could be missing out on life. Please call us for a consultation.