Is the Ringing in Your Ears Something We Can Treat?
Posted on 7/10/2019 by Andrew Zeiger
The first time you hear ringing in your ears, you may start looking around the room to see what is making the sound. It takes time to realize that the noise is in your head.
For some people, the ringing is only a minor problem that does not interfere with their life or that does not happen often. For others, it is a major distraction that makes everything they do more difficult. No matter how severe the problem with ringing in the ears is, there is something we can do about it.
What Causes Ringing in the Ears
There are many different reasons for ringing in the ears or tinnitus. Exposure to loud noises for extended periods of time or a buildup of ear wax can lead to a problem. Age related hearing loss and infections of the sinus or ears can create a ringing sound.
One common cause for tinnitus that people are not aware of is temporomandibular joint disorder or TMJ. This is a condition that is often related to oral health problems. Infections in a tooth or an abscess can lead to TMJ and to ringing in the ears.
What Can We Treat? We can offer suggestions about what to do if the causes behind the ringing in the ears is related to loud noises or earwax buildup, but those are not causes that we will treat. When it comes to TMJ issues that lead to ringing in your ears, we can offer some help. If the TMJ comes from an infection or abscess in the teeth or gums, we can take steps to correct that problem. If it is due to a misalignment of the teeth we can also help.
Our oral surgeon can offer different procedures to help with the problems related to TMJ. The key is determining if TMJ is the cause of the ringing and if there is a dental connection to the TMJ.
Ringing in the ear is a symptom that something is not right. It is important to not ignore the ringing and to find out what the cause is and to get treatment.
For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.
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