Could Tinnitus be Connected to Stress?

You may wonder why a dentist is talking about Tinnitus. You’re right, tinnitus is a persistent ringing in the ears that can go from bothersome to outright debilitating. However, tinnitus is not a condition on its own, it’s a symptom of an underlying issue. One of these underlying issues is known as TMJ. TMJ is often triggered by stress and is treated by a dentist as the pain originates from the jaw.

TemporoMandibuilar Joint (TMJ) Dysfunction may be a bit of a mouthful to say, however it simply means a misalignment of the jaw. If you are stressed and clench or grind your teeth as a habit, the tense muscles in your jaw can pull your jaw out of alignment. Common symptoms of TMJ include a clicking or popping jaw, jaw pain, headache, neck or ear pain and, you guessed it, tinnitus.

TMJ Dysfunction of some form affects over 70% of the population, with around 10% having severe enough TMJ symptoms, such as tinnitus, requiring specific treatment.

Treatment for TMJ to relieve Tinnitus

It must be said TMJ is not the major cause of tinnitus. Tinnitus is however a difficult symptom to solve and often the root cause cannot be found. TMJ and the stress that causes it is sometimes overlooked. So, if you have been seeking a solution to your tinnitus and not explored TMJ treatment yet, consult a dentist.

At Dr Finkelstein Dentist are proud of our results in treating TMJ patients with tinnitus in Sydney. If you suffer from tinnitus or jaw, neck or ear pain book a consultation with Dr Finkelstein to get you on the road to recovery or at least rule out TMJ as your tinnitus issue.

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