Please help! What is this pain in front of my ear?

Pain next to ear. The parotid gland sits right there too. It can be inflamed and infected. It would be directly tender to touching. Sometimes swollen. If so antibiotics needed and warm compresses .
TMJ syndrome. may cause pain in front of the ear, ringing in the ears, jaw locking, jaw clicking and pain behind the ear. Proper diagnosis is the key to successful treatment. See Orofacial Pain expert for a consultation and treatment options.
TMJ. The TMJ (jaw joint) is in front of your ear. Other TMJ symptoms include TMJ clicking, limited oral opening, chewing pain. If you have these symptoms, see an ora surgeon for dignosis/treatment or referral options.