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The Tinnitus-TMJ Connection

The Tinnitus-TMJ Connection

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Q: I have developed an annoying ringing in my ears. I have seen a few doctors without success. The gist of the advice I’ve been given so far is, “Learn to live with it.” Is there really nothing else I can do?

Tinnitus is any sound that someone perceives when there is no outside source for the sound. The noises can be soft, loud, ringing, blowing, roaring, buzzing, hissing, humming, whistling, or even sizzling. This mystery of perceived sound, without an obvious source, has puzzled medical scientists for hundreds of years.

Tinnitus affects over 50 million Americans according to the American Tinnitus Association. Of these, 2 million are so debilitated by the condition they cannot function at a normal level on a day-to-day basis. It is, unfortunately, a substantial cause of suicide. The association also states, “Currently there is no cure.”

But, the news is not all grim. I spoke with Ronald L. Rosenthal, DDS, who published, as part of a larger body of work on headaches and migraines, a paper entitled, “Is Tinnitus Messing with Your Head?” Dr. Rosenthal has spent more than 40 years teaching about head, neck, and facial pain to dental students.

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