COLUMBUS, OH – What is that constant ringing in my ears? One of the most vexing conditions is tinnitus – a ringing or buzzing sound in the ears. Fortunately for most sufferers the condition is not related to serious illness but is extremely annoying and can affect social relationships or work.
What causes the bells to start ringing? Sometimes it is damage to cells of the inner ear. This damage could simply be age related or caused by previous traumatic injury. Some medications cause tinnitus. A frequently overlooked cause of funny sounds in the ears is TMD or temporomandibular joint disorder.
The temporomandibular joint is the joint where your lower jaw attaches. This joint is one of the most complex in the human body – flexing and bending in many directions. The jaw joint is also under constant stress from talking, chewing and, for many people, grinding their teeth. While the most common symptoms of TMD are facial pain, neck pain, clicking in the jaw and severe headaches many patients report ringing, buzzing or a feeling of “fullness” in their ears.
Many patients have gone from one specialist to another for many years seeking relief, only to be told that their ears look fine. There are effective treatment options from a trained neuromuscular dentist. Treatment of these conditions requires extensive education such as that offered at LVI (The Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies). As an LVI Fellow, Dr. Levy is uniquely qualified to care for patients with TMD in the Gahanna, Ohio area.