If you have a persistent ringing in your ears, you should see a doctor right away. This condition is called tinnitus and could signal something wrong with your auditory system.
However, another source of tinnitus might be your temporomandibular joint, the hinge that controls both up-and-down and side-to-side movement of the jaw. The temporomandibular joint exerts powerful bite forces, making it high risk for trauma and inflammation. TMJ disorder may also arise from arthritis or another autoimmune condition.
Symptoms of TMJ range from clicking or popping sounds in the jaw—with or without pain—to headaches and earaches. It follows that tinnitus, which affects the inner ear, could reasonably be associated with TMJ. The joint borders the eardrum, after all.
If your doctor decides TMJ is the baseline cause of your tinnitus, they may start you on a whole routine of self-care meant to eradicate it. TMJ is often blamed on increased stress levels, so a lifestyle adjustment may be in order. Muscle relaxers and even antidepressants are often prescribed as well.
If you have tinnitus attended by any of the above symptoms, you may require TMJ treatment. For more information, contact our TMJ doctor in Los Angeles.