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What could cause ear crackling when I move my jaw?

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Dr. Malaika Witter Hewitt
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
5 doctors agree

In brief: TMJ

The most likely explanation is the temporomandibular joint (tmj).
This joint is located just in front of the ear canal, and the sounds of the joint movements can often be detected by the nearby ear. This is called crepitus, the crunchy, crackling noise of the joint . Inflammation of the TMJ usually produces more noticeable crepitus. Other causes are hairs or wax in the ear canal.

In brief: TMJ

The most likely explanation is the temporomandibular joint (tmj).
This joint is located just in front of the ear canal, and the sounds of the joint movements can often be detected by the nearby ear. This is called crepitus, the crunchy, crackling noise of the joint . Inflammation of the TMJ usually produces more noticeable crepitus. Other causes are hairs or wax in the ear canal.
Dr. Malaika Witter Hewitt
Dr. Malaika Witter Hewitt
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Dr. Robert Mokbel
Dentistry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Joints Problems

If you hear noises when you move your jaw, such as popping, clicking or grinding, you are experiencing temporomandibular joint disorder, when the mandibular bone moves against the temporal bone, the movement may not be smooth due to changes in the surfaces of the bone and the disk seperating the 2 bones, think of it as of osteoarthritis of the condyles.
, it can be painful and have other symptoms, .

In brief: Joints Problems

If you hear noises when you move your jaw, such as popping, clicking or grinding, you are experiencing temporomandibular joint disorder, when the mandibular bone moves against the temporal bone, the movement may not be smooth due to changes in the surfaces of the bone and the disk seperating the 2 bones, think of it as of osteoarthritis of the condyles.
, it can be painful and have other symptoms, .
Dr. Robert Mokbel
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Dr. Neal Kraus
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice

In brief: TMJ

Sounds like tmj, or temporomandibular joint dysfunction.

In brief: TMJ

Sounds like tmj, or temporomandibular joint dysfunction.
Dr. Neal Kraus
Dr. Neal Kraus
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Dr. Brent Mcfarland
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: TMD

Problems associated with your joint.

In brief: TMD

Problems associated with your joint.
Dr. Brent Mcfarland
Dr. Brent Mcfarland
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Dr. Robert Stoner
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Scar tissue

If your disc is dislocated and fused to the bone above, scar tissue will form to act as a false disc so bone does not rub on bone.
You may be hearing the sound of the jaw moving over the scar tissue. It is a very common condition with no treatment recommended. Just live with it if it is not associated with pain.

In brief: Scar tissue

If your disc is dislocated and fused to the bone above, scar tissue will form to act as a false disc so bone does not rub on bone.
You may be hearing the sound of the jaw moving over the scar tissue. It is a very common condition with no treatment recommended. Just live with it if it is not associated with pain.
Dr. Robert Stoner
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