Are you a sufferer of constant or continuous ringing of the ears? Has there been this ever-present buzzing, whistling, or beeping that has been bugging you for a long time now? Have you resorted to trying almost every single type of mambo-jumbo just to get rid of that consistent tweeting in your head that you can’t seem to ignore anymore?
Let’s face it, tinnitus, when compared to many other ailments existing today, seems to be one of the least grave or least intimidating; although, you’ll have to admit how much of your life it eats up. Trust your better judgment to say that the irritation, mood swings, stress, and break-downs in your life at present are all either caused or worsened by that little call bell in your ears.
Who Experiences Ear Ringing?
Many people experience an occasional ringing (or roaring, hissing, buzzing, or tinkling) in their ears. The sound usually lasts only a few minutes. Ringing in the ears that does not get better or go away is called tinnitus. You may hear a sound, such as a ringing or roaring, that does not come from your surroundings (nobody else can hear it). The sound may keep time with your heartbeat, it may keep pace with your breathing, it may be constant, or it may come and go. Tinnitus is most common in people older than age 40.
What Causes Ringing in The Ear?
The American Tinnitus Association (ATA) estimates that more than 50 million Americans have experienced a degree of tinnitus in their lifetimes, and 12 million Americans seek medical attention for this condition. This condition seriously incapacitates 2 million Americans from performing normal daily functions.
Often dental or other problems affecting the mouth, such as temporomandibular (TM) are the source of the problems.
Is Ringing in the Ear Related to TMJ Problem?
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects a person’s lower jaw (or mandible) to the skull. It is this joint that allows the jaw to open, close and move side-to-side. Because the jaw’s nerves and muscles are located close to the ear, any misalignment in these jaw joints or muscles can actually interfere with the nerves found in the ear. If the conditions are just right, tinnitus can actually become one of the symptoms of the jaw misalignment or temporomandibular joint disorder.
Can your Dentist Alleviate Ringing in the Ear?
Your dentist can utilize a variety of TMJ called TMD as well) diagnostic tools to determine if jaw misalignment could be causing a person’s tinnitus. If the patient is experiencing other symptoms of TMJ in addition to tinnitus, a misaligned jaw is probably to blame.
Once a TMJ (TMD) patient’s optimal jaw position has been determined, your dentist can help correct jaw misalignment.
When the patient’s bite is stabilized, the jaw joints and muscles should work harmoniously, giving the patient relief from tinnitus and other symptoms of TMJ (TMD).
Dr. Parvin Carter has over 30 years of experience in Dentistry; she is a Preferred Provider of Invisalign and the director of A Redding Invisalign Center. She received her degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery, from Indiana University Dental School, in 1982, after which she immediately opened her private practice.
In July 1990 she received fellowship award from academy of General Dentistry. This award requires 600 hours of continuing education and passing required examination. In July 2000 Dr. Carter received Mastership award from Academy of General Dentistry. This is the highest award for continuing education. This award requires 800hours of participation in dentistry specialties. According to the Journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, only 1% of US dentists achieve this high level of advancement.
Dr. Carter’s expertises are:
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