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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?

May be right: Ear stuffiness is a common TMJ symptom. Tight jaw muscles pull on structures connected tothe eustachian tube. The muscles may relax on heir ow. Perhaps not. This can be treated by correcting the bite, which relaxes the jaw muscles. Medical evaluation should be a part of the diagnostic process. ...Read more

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Treating Swimmer's Ear (Checklist)

Keep water out of ears (use earplugs or shower cap when showering)
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Use eardrops as directed
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Use Tylenol or warm compresses to minimize pain
3x day
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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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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask doc if TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint) is causing ear pain
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Know that middle ear fluid isn't necessarily infection
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Look for ear pain and ear drainage -- both signs of infection
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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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Managing TMJ (Checklist)

Rest mouth from hard foods
Daily
Try OTC pain meds
Daily
Get a diagnosis and treatment from an experienced dentist
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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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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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