Temporomandibular joint disorders or TMJ can have many bothersome symptoms, which can range from mild to severe. In some cases, these symptoms are so painful that they can affect a person's everyday activities we all take for granted.
Most Common TMJ Symptoms
It is unclear why some people suffer from TMJ, and the disease can be challenging to diagnose. Many times, the same symptoms are present in other diseases or health conditions in different areas of the body that seem entirely unrelated to a problem with the jawbone.
Some of the most common symptoms of TMJ are:
Ringing in the ears
Pain in the jawbone
Popping or clicking of the jaw
Pain when yawning
Why TMJ Causes Ear Ringing?
The temporomandibular joint is located by the ears and it allows you to open and close your mouth and move it side to side. All these natural movements are essential for chewing correctly and without pain. When there is a problem with this joint, you will be uncomfortable.
Scientists have discovered that people with TMJ are more likely to have tinnitus or ringing of the ears. These findings indicate TMJ can aggravate tinnitus in many instances because some of the jawbone joints are close to the middle ear muscles.
There is also a close connection between the ligaments in the TMJ and one of the hearing bones in the middle ear, which is extremely sensitive and affects not only hearing but it can throw off your balance. Further, the TMJ is also connected to the areas of the brain that interpret sound and hearing.
All of these reasons result in TMJ can produce uncomfortable ringing in the ears, and it's essential to diagnose the reasons behind this condition as accurately as possible to treat the underlying problem. Sometimes something as simple as a mouthguard can eliminate TMJ completely.