TMJ tinnitus is when a TMJ patient experiences ringing in the ears along with a TMJ problem. The temporomandibular joint and the ear are next door neighbors. As a matter of fact, the back of the temporomandibular joint is the front of the ear. There is often a connection between TMJ syndrome and ringing in the ears.
TMJ tinnitus can originate from both, or either, of two types of relationships between the ear and jaw joint. The first is a physical relationship. In many TMJ patients, when they close into their abnormal bad bite, one or both of the joints are forced backwards into the ear. This continual banging into the ear causes inflammation inside the TM joint and problems within the inner ear.
TMJ tinnitus can be caused by a second relationship: how the nerves in the body work. When an area of the body is injured, the muscles around the injured area contract to protect the injured part. The muscles around the injured area were not injured, however, they were recruited to protect the injured area. When there is pain in the TM joint, the muscles in the inner ear shorten and tighten. This changes the ability of the bones inside the inner ear to do their job and can cause ear problems.
Dr. Mark Allan Padolsky is an Atlanta TMJ Dentist who enjoys helping his patients eliminate their TMJ tinnitus. Of course, you are welcome to join his family of patients. He offers both initial ( Phase 1 ) TMJ treatment and can also restore the bite if a patient desires it ( Phase 2). If you have a TMJ problem and would like schedule a TMJ consultation with Dr. Padolsky, please call 404-874-7428 to schedule your appointment.