TMJ Ear Pain Noblesville

What can cause ear pain?

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Dr. Mike Deldar, TMJ Dentist Noblesville:

Ear pain can affect your daily life significantly. When you don’t know what is causing your ear pain, it’s hard to know how to get rid of it.

You have probably searched for “How do you relieve earache pain?” on the internet, and although Internet is an amazing resource for information, some articles can reflect contradicting causes, view points and treatment approaches.

When you are at the point to take action to get rid of your ear pain, but you don’t know exactly what to do, you’re not alone. I will try to provide you with answers to your ear pain questions on this page.

Dr. Mike Deldar
Neuromuscular Dentist Noblesville / Indianapolis


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Does TMJ make your ears hurt?

Ear congestion, persistent earaches, dizziness, vertigo and ringing in the ears can all be traced back to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD or TMJ disorder). Ear pain is a common symptom of TMJ disorder or TMD.

TMJ disorder is a condition that affects a person’s jaw joint. This joint is a very important component in the mouth it is responsible for all functions of the jaw, including chewing, eating, and speaking. Over-activity of your jaw can make your ear canal sensitive and can result in a multitude of symptoms.

Your ear has two important muscles: Tensor tympani is a muscle attached to the ear drum, stabilizing it from excess vibration caused by loud sounds. The Tensor Levi Palatini is a muscle that’s attached to the Eustachian tube helping to equalizing pressure within the inner ear. It is what unplugs your ears when you chew gum or suck a hard candy in an airplane.

Jaw misalignment and the over-compensation of these muscles can lead to a multitude of symptoms related to your ears. These symptoms are the result of having a strained bite when the jaw is misaligned.

Misaligned bite symptoms

The jaw area is a complex network of muscles and nerves. When the bite is misaligned, muscles and nerves throughout the head, including the ears, can be affected. The most common and obvious effect is persistent ringing in the ears.

It can also lead to:

  • Dizziness
  • Vertigo
  • Ear pain or discomfort (earaches)
  • Impaired or restricted hearing
  • Congested or stuffy feeling in your ears
  • Sinus pain


By stabilizing and realigning your jaw, your bite will be restored to its normal position, relieving the problems in your ears caused by the misaligned bite.


Can TMJ feel like an ear infection?

Often people with TMJ may think they just have an ear infection. Ear symptoms are common in TMJ as nearly 80% of people with TMJ report ear symptoms.

But if you have symptoms of ear infection that recur, persist, or don’t respond to usual treatment, you should consider that you might have TMJ.

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What causes ringing in the ears?

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Cannot take the quiet nights anymore when the ringing in your ears comes out in full force? Is the lack of sleep getting you down and are your relationships suffering? Is it hard to get yourself motivated and perform at work because you constantly feel exhausted?

You have been looking for treatment but you have no idea what you are dealing with and where to look for help. Has anyone told you you may be suffering from an inner ear condition called tinnitus?

If you have occasional, or constant ringing in your ears, wondering how to stop it has probably eluded you. Tinnitus (including headache and ear pain) is often related to a condition known as TMJ disorder.

People with TMJ disorder often experience a painful ear ache. However, the cause isn’t an infection. It’s the misalignment and inflammation of the jaw joint. With the jaw out of place, ligament traction is adversely affected. This can cause dysfunction, pain, and ear ringing.

No one should have to live with ear pain

Dealing with chronic ear ringing and ear pain can really impact your quality of life. Thankfully, you can put an end to the ringing and pain by treating your TMJ disorder.

Stop being afraid of going to bed and the noise in your head to come out. Take the 3 easy steps and say “Goodbye” to missing out on sleep and trying to make it through the day. Say “Hello” to a quiet night sleep and energy to enjoy the people in your life!

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