Why do my ears hurt?

Pain in the ears, tinnitus, feeling of clogged ears and popping sounds can all be caused by the way the way the lower jaw closes. The pain feels like it is totally in the ear but for TMD sufferers, it is the joint complex more than the ear.  

The image shows the anatomy of a healthy TMJ joint. When the joint is in the right position and the articular disc is where is supposed to, there is no ear or joint pain and no popping sounds.

If on the other hand, the jaw closes in such a way that it is driven back, the joint position changes because it too is pushed back. This changes the anatomy; the disc slips in front of the joint and pressure is put on the nerve bundles called the Retrodiscal Laminae. When this happens, major pain can be the consequence.

The pain from pressure on the retrodiscal pad radiates into the ear canal and in the tiny inner ear muscles. The pain can be mild to severe and create the feeling of clogged ear, ringing of the ears, sometimes dizziness and certainly pain to the touch around the ear and joint area.   Pain in the ears, tinnitus, feeling of clogged ears and popping sounds can all be caused by the way the way the lower jaw closes. The pain feels like it is totally in the ear but for TMD sufferers, it is the joint complex more than the ear.  

So why is the jaw pushed back? Only a proper diagnosis by dentist who is specially trained in treating TMD can answer that question.

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