Since I Was 14 - Hearing Issues?

I have been dealing with TMJ disorder since I was 14. It gets better and worse over the years, depending on what's going on in my life and how my health is. More stress = More TMJ symptoms. More pain = More TMJ symptoms.

I started seeing a Chiropractor which has helped quite a bit. I think the link between the nerves being inflamed in the back and neck and the TMJ was a big factor. I know that my TMJ makes my neck and back hurt, so I have no doubt that it can feed back up as well. If I keep my back and neck feeling loose and relaxed then my TMJ feels better too.

Has anyone else found that their TMJ seemed to be causing hearing and other ear issues as well? The tinnitus has been going on for many years, but the other ear problems I am having are new (numbness and temporary deafness during the numbness).



KathleenAP KathleenAP
31-35, F
2 Responses Feb 12, 2009

Update on the hearing loss: I just requested my childhood medical records and it seems I have had conductive hearding loss since I was 5. So, the tinnitus may have nothing to do with the TMJ. I was pretty suprised.

yeah ...i never needed glasses until my bruxism became more frequent every night and stress of becoming a teen started. I'm 18 now and I can't remember not being in pain. I was video chatting with my sister in a dark room last night because the lights killed my eyes and made the TMJ migraine worse (my jaw had locked for the first time). It's never been this bad, but I do have other problems- eye sight gets really bad, my eyes water and people think I'm crying, I tend to get a higher temp when I get the migraines I noticed, I couldn't walk straight, and I couldn't hear well in both ears but mostly my right.