50% of patients with a TMJ Disorder notice ear pain but do not have signs of infection.
The ear pain is usually described as being in front of or below the ear, as well as:
- Hissing, Buzzing or Ringing
- Decreased Hearing
- Ear Pain, Ear Ache, No Infection
- Clogged, “Itchy” Ears
- Vertigo, Dizziness
Often, patients are treated multiple times for a presumed ear infection, which can often be distinguished from TMJ by an associated hearing loss or ear drainage (which would be expected if there really was an ear infection).
Because ear pain occurs so commonly, ear specialists are frequently called on to make the diagnosis of a TMJ disorder.
Many patients struggle with mystery ear pain for years before discovering that the root of their problem is associated with TMJ/TMD.
At AZTMJ, Dr. Stan Farrell has extensive training in treating sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. Dr. Stan Farrell offers one of the leading alternatives for CPAP, which is an oral appliance that can be used in conjunction with CPAP or as a stand-alone oral appliance depending on the severity of the individual’s OSA.
If you or someone you know might be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, please schedule an initial consultation today with Dr. Farrell at 480-945-3629 or visit us at www.az-tmj.com for more information.