If you have a neuromuscular imbalance in your TMJ, you may suffer tinnitus, dizziness, or feelings of stuffiness in the ears.
How TMJ Causes Tinnitus
A temporary dislocation of the jaw may result in a pinching of the nerves and/or blood vessels that supply the ear.
Pressure on the nerves may be interpreted as sound signals from the ear, because that’s the type of signal your brain expects to receive from those nerves. When blood vessels are pinched, it may cause parts of your inner ear to fall asleep, similar to the way you can make your arm or foot fall asleep by sitting or lying on it. Instead of a pins-and-needles sensation, the result may again be sound, or it may be an itching sensation deep in the ear.
How TMJ Causes Dizziness
Your most powerful organ of balance is in your inner ear, the semicircular canals that have fluid in them to tell your body how it is oriented relative to gravity. In order to give your body accurate information, these canals cannot be impinged in any way, but an imbalanced TMJ can result in pressure from the jaw joint or ligaments on these organs or the nerves that carry signals from them, resulting in inaccurate or incomplete data from these nerves, which causes dizziness.
How TMJ Causes Your Ears to Feel Stuffy or Clogged
Pressure from the jaw joint, its ligaments, or muscles can also put pressure on the eardrum or Eustachian tubes—the tubes that lead from your ear to your mouth to regulate pressure in your ears. This can make your ears feel clogged up, similar to the way your ears feel when they pop from pressure.
Is It TMJ?
Tinnitus, dizziness, and a clogged feeling in the ears can be caused by many different causes, from earwax and ear infections or Menieres disease. Many cases of tinnitus have no known cause. Dr. Rod Strober can evaluate your tinnitus to determine whether it’s a TMJ symptom or has another cause.
Contact Strober Dental in San Diego today to schedule your TMJ evaluation.