Westminster dentist Dr. Gary Imm discusses TMJ hearing loss

Is your hearing loss connected to TMJ?

Can TMJ cause you to lose your hearing?Have you been constantly requesting your friends to repeat what they have just said? Are they losing their patience with you? Has it gotten harder to hear what people are saying since your myofascial pain in your face has worsened? Your hearing loss may be connected to your jaw pain and orofascial pain. Before panicking and setting off to get fitted for a of hearing aids, let your Westminster dentist help you determine if your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) symptoms are aggravating this condition causing TMJ hearing loss.

Is it Possible you have TMJ Disorder?

Several different symptoms accompany the TMJ disorder. If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, there is a good chance that your discomfort and pain in your face and jaw is due to a TMJ disorder.

  • Jaw pain
  • Mild to severe earaches
  • Chronic headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Dizziness
  • Toothache
  • Malocclusion – uneven bite
  • Difficulty masticating, swallowing, or even speaking
  • A Locking jaw
  • Clicking sounds in the joint
  • Ringing in the ears or tinnitus
  • Decreased auditory acuity

 Has your Jaw Pain Triggered your TMJ Hearing Loss?

Researchers have found that stiffness and tenderness, and several other symptoms from the temporomandibular joint region could be causing your hearing loss. Nearly 50% of TMJ sufferers have expressed that they have ringing in their ears or complete hearing loss at one time or another while dealing with their TMJ disorder.

Through continuous research, doctors have identified the nerve pathways of the inner ear are within the same pain nerve pathways of the temporomandibular joint and surrounding tissues. The jaw joint is located very close to the inner ear. When a TMJ patient is experiencing pain, a signal regarding this pain is sent to the brain, and confuses TMJ pain for pain in the inner ear. To relieve the pain, the muscles of the ear are forcefully constricted deep inside your cranium to readjust your pain sensors to assist in reducing the pain. This signal to your brain becomes cross-wired causing you to experience decreased auditory acuity.

Your Hearing Loss Can Remedied When Your TMJ is Cured

There are several treatments you can try at home to decrease the inflammation in the region of your TMJ such as:

  • Changing your diet to softer foods that require less chewing to help lessen the pain of your inflamed temporomandibular joint.
  • Using a warm compress in the area of your jaw joint may also help reduce the symptoms and pain within that joint.

These remedies will help relieve the symptoms of your TMJ disorder and hearing loss. To cure your TMJ disorder and your TMJ hearing loss, a correct diagnosis of is crucial. A visit to a Westminster dentist trained in neuromuscular dentistry is the best road to take to find lasting relief.

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Are you ready to hear everything again? Is it frustrating continually asking people to repeat themselves? If you let this these disorders worsen, it will progress to a more serious condition with irreversible results. If your TMJ pain and hearing loss continues, call your Westminster dentist. They know several treatments that are there to help cure this disorder before it worsens. For more information, download our free E-book, “Do I Have TMJ?” 

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About the author

A practicing dentist since 1982, Dr. Gary Imm, provides advanced cosmetic dentistry, including smile makeovers, sedation, implant and TMJ services. He is committed to progressive, extraordinary care for his guests. All Smiles Dental Care trains at least 300 hours each year at such prestigious centers as the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dentistry. (LVI)