Common TMJ Ear Symptoms
Many people experience ear symptoms related to their TMJ, but they are not always the same. People with TMJ can report many symptoms, including:
- Clogged ears
- Ear pain
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Vertigo and dizziness
- Hearing loss
Your ears might feel full as if something caught in them won’t come out. Sometimes, your ears might feel pain, either because they feel clogged or independent of a stuffy feeling.
So-called ringing in the ears might sound like ringing, but it could also be a roaring, buzzing, whistling, clicking, or grinding sound.
Vertigo is an off-balance sensation. You may feel that the world is spinning, or you are dizzy or disoriented.
Hearing loss related to TMJ can affect one or both ears. It may be a partial hearing loss, affecting only part of the audible sound range.
With common ear symptoms like ear stuffiness and ear pain, people often mistake TMJ symptoms for an ear infection or allergies. However, ear infections are uncommon among adults, even if you had ear infections commonly as a child. Allergies can cause ear symptoms, but these occur at predictable times. If your ear symptoms occur when there are low allergen counts, you should consider another explanation, such as TMJ.