Ear Pain

What’s the buzz?

ear-painAre you ears ringing, congested or painful? 

Here you are, living and your ears are giving your problems. As much as you know something isn’t right, your doctor has never found a problem. You explain your symptoms, the doctor shines a light, explores your inner ears and exclaims –“nothing appears to be wrong”.

Still, you know the constant buzzing sound is real. You may also be occasionally hit with waves of dizziness.

The following symptoms can all be tracked back to TMJ;

  • Ear pain
  • Congestion
  • Grinding teeth
  • Neck pain
  • Relentless earaches
  • Back pain
  • Dizziness
  • Vertigo
  • Ear ringing
  • Whistling in the ears


What’s causing your ear pain?

Your jaw’s movement can make your ear canal sensitive. Here’s how it works.

Your ear has two key muscles:

  • the tensor tympani (it attaches to the ear drum, stabilizing it from the excess vibration caused by loud sounds)
  • and the tensor levi palatini (it attaches to the Eustachian tube helping to equalize pressure within the inner ear…it is what “unplugs” your ears when you chew gum or suck a hard candy in an airplane)

If your jaw joint is misaligned, your jaw, face, head and neck muscles work extra hard to compensate in an effort to bring it back into alignment.  Over time these muscles tire, cramp and put pressure on the nerves that run through them leading a multitude of symptoms, some related to your ears like ear ringing or pain.

Hush your world

Your jaw area is a intricate network of muscles and nerves. When your bite is misaligned the muscles and nerves throughout your head, including the ears, can be affected. The most common and obvious consequence is permanent ringing or whistling in the ears. It can also lead to:


  • dizziness
  • vertigo
  • ear pain or discomfort
  • impaired or restricted hearing
  • congested or stuffy feeling in your ears
  • tmj sinus pain westminster md

By stabilizing and realigning your jaw with TMJ treatment, your bite can be returned back to its normal, relaxed position, alleviating your ear pain and ear ringing.

Need help? Find it in Westminster!

Silence is a true friend. In our busy, modern lives, a moment of silence stolen here or there is precious. If your ears are ringing, congested or painful, Westminster dentist Dr. Gary Imm could be your solution.

Using the principles of neuromuscular dentistry, he has the tools, technology and training to help resolve TMJ ear pain. Can he help you? Come in for a consultation and find out!

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