Getting the Right Diagnosis for Tinnitus
Finding a definitive cause for ringing in the ears can often be difficult. Many times it is more the process of elimination as opposed to finding a definitive diagnosis through certain diagnostic tests. There are many potential causes of tinnitus, and your doctor might help you eliminate them.
You should suspect that TMJ might play a role in your tinnitus if any of the following are true:
- You have other TMJ symptoms
- Ringing in the ears flares up after heavy jaw activity
- You can modulate your tinnitus by moving your jaw
- You have eliminated other likely tinnitus causes
Although people rarely have all TMJ symptoms, they almost never have just one. If you have jaw popping and clicking, headaches, irregular jaw motion, neck pain, or other TMJ symptoms, see a San Jose TMJ dentist for evaluation of your tinnitus.
With TMJ-related tinnitus, jaw activity often causes a flare-up. Eating tough or challenging foods, talking a lot, smiling for a long time, or clenching your teeth because of stress commonly stress your jaw. Similarly, many (but not all) people with TMJ-related tinnitus can change the sound by moving their jaw.
As we mentioned before, we might have to diagnose TMJ-related tinnitus by eliminating other causes. However, if your doctor diagnosed you with Ménière’s disease, this might still be TMJ-related ear symptoms.