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A 46-year-old member asked:

can tmj cause ear pain? i constantly hear ringing and i feel extreme pain in my ears which has gotten worse?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Ear pain; tinnitus: I recommend that you start by seeing an ENT specialist who may refer you to a dentist with extensive training and experience treating patients with tmd\tmj issues for an evaluation. These two symptoms may or may not be related.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 45 years experience
Pain and dysfunction: If the tmj/tmd issues last for awhile, some symptoms can affect the ear (s) in many ways. You may develop ringing in the ears; earaches, popping-grating-clicking that is heard constantly in the ears; roaring muffled sounds; hearing loss; on and on. It is better to see an ENT first if you have ear symptoms to rule out it being the ears as the source of the problem.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Maybe: The most common cause of ear pain not related to the ear is TMJ. So if your ear pain and ringing are related to the TMJ, then TMJ treatment may help those symptoms.

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Last updated Mar 19, 2015

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