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When I swallow or chew gum, my ears click. Is this normal?

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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
2 doctors agree

In brief: Ear vs TMJ

Having popping/clicking TMJ noises not necessarily a problem. Many people experience these noises.
Without pain or limitation of function the noise itself is not an issue. If you have locking or limited movement, "ear" pain, headaches, morning jaw stiffness/soreness, difficulty chewing, bruxism, previous jaw injuries or other jaw conditions, the problem is more serious. Then see a TMJ specialist.

In brief: Ear vs TMJ

Having popping/clicking TMJ noises not necessarily a problem. Many people experience these noises.
Without pain or limitation of function the noise itself is not an issue. If you have locking or limited movement, "ear" pain, headaches, morning jaw stiffness/soreness, difficulty chewing, bruxism, previous jaw injuries or other jaw conditions, the problem is more serious. Then see a TMJ specialist.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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Dr. Ronald Achong
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees

In brief: See your doctor

Sometimes your jaw joints (TMJ) can click.
Usually this is transient. If it continues for more than 2 weeks have your dentist examine you. Also you may consider not chewing gum as often.

In brief: See your doctor

Sometimes your jaw joints (TMJ) can click.
Usually this is transient. If it continues for more than 2 weeks have your dentist examine you. Also you may consider not chewing gum as often.
Dr. Ronald Achong
Dr. Ronald Achong
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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

This can be from either 1) the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) clicking right in front of your ears or 2) the opening/closing of the eustachian tube.

In brief: Yes

This can be from either 1) the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) clicking right in front of your ears or 2) the opening/closing of the eustachian tube.
Dr. Patrick Melder
Dr. Patrick Melder
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management

In brief: TMJ TMD

TMJ syndrome may cause ear pain, 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.

In brief: TMJ TMD

TMJ syndrome may cause ear pain, 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.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin
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