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Could TMJ cause hearing loss? Could TMJ cause lightheadness?

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Dr. Brijesh Chandwani
Pain Management
5 doctors agree

In brief: No to hearing loss

Tmj disorders or temporomandibular disorders do not cause loss of hearing.
It is an umbrella term encompassing several pain disorders of the face and jaw; most common is musculoskeletal pain. Light headedness is not an uncommon symptom in temporomandibular disorders. Consult your dentist (or an orofacial pain dentist) and your primary physician. If hearing loss is sudden and constant, ent.

In brief: No to hearing loss

Tmj disorders or temporomandibular disorders do not cause loss of hearing.
It is an umbrella term encompassing several pain disorders of the face and jaw; most common is musculoskeletal pain. Light headedness is not an uncommon symptom in temporomandibular disorders. Consult your dentist (or an orofacial pain dentist) and your primary physician. If hearing loss is sudden and constant, ent.
Dr. Brijesh Chandwani
Dr. Brijesh Chandwani
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In brief: YES and NO

Symptoms of tmj/tmd can include hearing problems, dizziness (equilibrium/balance difficulties, ) and other ear related problems.
But tmd can also be wrongly diagnosed if the ear/ears are the source of the problem. I would first see an ENT doctor to rule out ear/inner ear infection, etc.

In brief: YES and NO

Symptoms of tmj/tmd can include hearing problems, dizziness (equilibrium/balance difficulties, ) and other ear related problems.
But tmd can also be wrongly diagnosed if the ear/ears are the source of the problem. I would first see an ENT doctor to rule out ear/inner ear infection, etc.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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Dr. Ronald Achong
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
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In brief: Unlikely

The TMJ has to be very severe where there is erosion into the middle ear canal.
But usually the TMJ is treated before this even happens. So it is very unlikely that TMJ can cause hearing loss. There are many causes for lightheadedness and TMJ is very low on the list.

In brief: Unlikely

The TMJ has to be very severe where there is erosion into the middle ear canal.
But usually the TMJ is treated before this even happens. So it is very unlikely that TMJ can cause hearing loss. There are many causes for lightheadedness and TMJ is very low on the list.
Dr. Ronald Achong
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: Yes. Yes.

TMJ problrms can cause subjective hearing loss.
Not tru hearing loss. And can also cause lightheadedness.

In brief: Yes. Yes.

TMJ problrms can cause subjective hearing loss.
Not tru hearing loss. And can also cause lightheadedness.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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