Tinnitus is referred to the ringing in the ears when there is actually no noise present. The condition may be either temporary or chronic and can sound like other noises such as buzzing or clicking. It is one of the most common health conditions in the country, affecting over 50 million Americans, and it could be caused by Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD).
There are two types of Tinnitus: Subjective and Objective. Subjective Tinnitus are the noises that are heard only by the patient, while Objective Tinnitus are noises that can be audible to other people. The latter is rarer, with only less than 1% of cases known.
There are many health conditions that cause Tinnitus. Hearing loss is closely associated with the symptom. Age-related hearing loss and noise-induced hearing loss are the factors that cause Tinnitus. Other causes of Tinnitus include damage to the inner ear, head and neck trauma, sinus pressure, and other medical conditions.
Tinnitus related to head and neck trauma is referred to as Somantic Tinnitus, or “of the body”. And, another example of Somantic would be Temporomandibular Joint Disorder or TMD. Damage to the muscles, ligaments, or cartilage where the joint is located can lead to Tinnitus symptoms. TMD patients with Tinnitus symptoms may experience pain the jaw or in the face and could experience popping sounds while chewing. Seeing an oral health professional to eliminate TMJ disorder will likely fix Tinnitus symptoms.
There is no cure for Tinnitus symptoms but there are treatment options available. These treatments include hearing aids, sound therapies, physical therapies, drug therapies, and other experimental therapies. Patients experiencing Tinnitus should consult their doctors for an accurate diagnosis.
If you think you may be experiencing Tinnitus symptoms due to TMD, call C & C Dentistry today to schedule an appointment. You may be a candidate for Neuromuscular Dentistry.