Can Temporomandibular Joint Disorder cause permanent Sensorineural Hearing Loss?

No, the Temporomandibular Joint Disorder can’t cause permanent Sensorineural Hearing Loss but it can cause Conductive Hearing Loss though.

The relation between TMJD and SNHL is a big question about hearing loss. Many people have misconception about the reason for hearing loss.

What is TMJ?

The Temporomandibular Joint is the area in front of your ears. Basically, it is a joint which connects the jaw to the skull. When this joint gets injured then it causes severe pain.

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This joint comprises a complex system of muscles, ligaments, bones and cartilage discs that act together as a hinge and enable you to move your lower jaw forward, backward and side-to-side

The trigeminal nerve is responsible for sensation in the face and motor function like chewing, biting affects the teeth, gum, jaw, muscles and temporomandibular joint.

The trigeminal nerve is also in a connection with a tensor tympani muscles from the eardrum to face. And from where the trouble can begin.

If the bite is misaligned then eardrum creates the noise of Tinnitus by stretching the eardrum. This could be resulting as hearing loss. But it would be a conductive loss. According to doctors, the temporomandibular joint disorder is not connected to Sensorineural hearing loss.

People who suffer from TMJD struggle for months or even year with clogged ear, tinnitus, earaches, and vertigo in addition to hearing loss.

Often tinnitus is associated with sensorineural hearing loss and this type of tinnitus is harder to cure and treated with sound therapy and counseling. Basically, TMJD is connected to tinnitus.

Connection Between TMJD and Tinnitus:-

The ligaments connect the malleus and middle ear bone to the jaw. And also certain nerves serving both the jaw and the eardrum.

Additionally, this is evidence that a nerve supply from the TMJD connects to parts of the brain associated with hearing. For this reason, the problem with muscles, cartilage, and ligaments of the TMJ can lead to the tinnitus.

Generally, tinnitus caused due to TMJD is treatable. The problem can be disappeared by resolving underline problems.


Signs Your Tinnitus is caused by TMJD

Generally, there are very few chances that your tinnitus is caused by TMJD. Still, there is not 100% surety about that.

You can identify that by establishing the link between two conditions.

Does your tinnitus change

  • when you chew, yawn, or a cough?
  • when you move your jaw forward or clench your teeth?
  • when you move your neck?

If you suspect your tinnitus may be related to your TMJ, talk to your doctor or dental specialist in addition to your audiologist.

How TMJD Affects the ear:-

Irritation of jaw joint can transfer to the ear simply due to location. The TMJ is located adjacent to the ear. So, the swelling and inflammation of the jaw joint often have a direct effect on the ears.

This inflammation can also cause blocked eustachian tubes. In result, a painful feeling in-ear and difficulty in the ear. In the tube, if fluid cannot drain normally then hearing is almost always affects.

The nerve in and around the ears may also be picking up on these pains, inflammatory signals from the TMJ, resulting in the change to hear.

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