Updated 09 September 2015

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Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) is not a disease but a symptom of an underlying problem. One of the causes could be a jaw joint (temporomandibular joint, or TMJ) dysfunction.

If the temporomandibular joint becomes inflamed (for instance through grinding of the teeth or clenching of the jaw), it can affect the eardrum.

The inflammation of the joint then affects the stabilisation of the eardrum, which can cause the pain and noise associated with tinnitus.

Non-surgical treatment options include a mouth guard, medication, muscle relaxers, physical therapy, and following a soft

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