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Where can I find relief from TMJ and ear popping?

Where can I find relief from TMJ and ear popping?

TMJ Relief: See a dentist who specializes in TMJ disorders. Your "ear popping" is likely popping of the tmjs. ...Read more

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Ears Popping (Definition)

Air pressure changes caused by decreases in altitude can cause painful pressure behind the ear drum. You can help your baby equalize the pressure behind the eardrum by encouraging swallowing. On an airplane, begin feeding your baby when the ...Read more


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I've had popping muffled ear im told due to tight TMJ muscles . Is this right and as muscles relax should ears go back to normal?

I've had popping muffled ear  im told due to tight TMJ  muscles . Is this right and as muscles relax should ears go back to normal?

TMJ syndrome: Temporo-mandibular syndrome is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain. TMJ syndrome may cause ear pain, ringing in the ears, jaw locking, and pain behind the ear. Proper diagnosis is the key to successful treatment. See Orofacial Pain expert for a consultation and treatment options. ...Read more

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Can Invisalign cause lasting headaches and ear popping?

Can Invisalign cause lasting headaches and ear popping?

Need reevaluation: Orthodontic treatment can bring an underlying problem into focus, not cause it. A fully qualified Orthodontic Specialist should evaluate your occlusion. Know that clear Aligners are only about half as effective at resolving malocclusions, and if you only have partial resolution you may still have an occlusal problem. ...Read more

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I have mild neck stiffness, ear popping and a small, occasional headache for over a week now. Any idea?

I have mild neck stiffness,  ear popping and a small, occasional headache for over a week now. Any idea?

TMJ disorder: Temporo-mandibular disorder is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain. Earache, neck stiffness or neck pain, headache and jaw pain are common symptoms. Proper diagnosis is the key to the successful treatment. See an orofacial pain practitioner for a consultation and management of the TMJ. ...Read more

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What to do if I have been having this ear popping problem?

What to do if I have been having this ear popping problem?

Normal: Whenever you swallow the Eustachian tube opens and gases from the back of the nose enter the middle ear space to equalize normal barometric pressure. The only other possibility is that you may have become aware of muscle contraction of the middle ear muscles. This could be related to anxiety. Rarely a muscle relaxant may help the latter problem. If this really bothers you, see an ENT doctor. ...Read more

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Why are my ears popping every couple of miles in the air?

Why are my ears popping every couple of miles in the air?

Air pressure: It has to do with changes in air pressure and the connection between the middle ear space and the back of your nose which is where the eustachian tube connects the 2. Chewing gum, yawning or trying to gently blow your nose while blocking the nasal passages can help. As it will help to equalize the pressure. The popping you feel is the pressure equalizing and is normal. ...Read more

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Why are my ears popping at higher altitude?

Why are my ears popping at higher altitude?

Air pressure: It has to do with changes in air pressure and the connection between the middle ear space and the back of your nose which is where the eustachian tube connects the 2. Chewing gum, yawning or trying to gently blow your nose while blocking the nasal passages can help. As it will help to equalize the pressure. The popping you feel is the pressure equalizing and is normal. ...Read more

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Why are my ears popping all the time like I was flying on a plane?

Why are my ears popping all the time like I was flying on a plane?

Popping ears due to: Popping ears result from the air moving from eustachian tubes into the middle ears, when swollowing in individuals with allergic rhinitis or other conditions that result in nasal obstruction. You should consult your physician to determine the cause of nasal obstruction. If this problem is caused by nasal allergies it can be easily treated with allergy medications prescribed by your physician. ...Read more

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What can I give to my 7yr old to relieve the pain of his ears "popping" while plane is taking off & landing?

What can I give to my 7yr old to relieve the pain of his ears "popping" while plane is taking off & landing?

Sugar-free gum: Chewing gum, preferably sugar-free gum with the sweetener xylitol, can help equalize the pressure in his ears. Eating or drinking in general can help as well. If he is at all congested, you might also consider a decongestant. Finally, there's always the old standby, tylenol (acetaminophen). Safe travels! ...Read more

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I have frequent ear popping all of the time, i then sniff really heavily to get my ears back to normal, can I get help with this ?

I have frequent ear popping all of the time, i then sniff really heavily to get my ears back to normal, can I get help with this ?

See ent doc: Your symptoms suggest eustachian tube dysfunction. The fact that sniffing helps your ears suggests that your eustachian tubes stay open too much, rather than stay closed which is more common. This is called a patulous eustachian tube. I suggest you see an ENT doc for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Tmj Syndrome (Definition)

Temporomandibular joint dysfunction is a disorder characterized by inflammation of the jaw joint. Symptoms include jaw pain, a ...Read more


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