Many patients who have TMJ pain also have ringing or congestion in their ears. It is important to know that you may be experiencing ringing/congestion in the ears without TMJ pain too. Why is this? And how is it related to your joint?

When you are experiencing Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, your joint can be compressed against the fossa upon which it exists. This compression pushes on your ear canal which can cause symptoms such as ringing in the ears, congestion, or ear pain.

Normal TMJ Position


Removable Orthotics

Orthodontic Therapy (Braces)


By decompressing your joint by either a removable or fixed orthotic, you will be able to decrease the pressure on your ear canal. Therefore, eliminating, or significantly reducing, the ringing in the ear, congestion, or pain. Call Dr. Tracy at 919-782-9955 to get the relief you have been searching for.

Suffering from TMD pain may also lead to ringing, congestion and pain in the ears. Learn about how our removable or fixed orthotic solutions, coupled with other specialty techniques and procedures, can possibly relieve your ear issues.

TMD issues can lead to ringing in the ears. However, our orthotic solutions, coupled with neuromuscular massage and/or physical therapy, can reduce or eliminate ear ringing entirely.

While TMD issues cannot cause ear infections, they can result in ear congestion or pain that may be mistaken for an infection.

TMD issues can cause ear pressure. However, by decompressing the joint with a removable or fixed orthotic, eliminating inflammation from the soft tissue supporting the TMJ, this can be lessened or eliminated entirely.

TMD issues can lead to ear ringing and congestion, which can both contribute to the sensation of hearing loss. However, it’s always recommended to visit your audiologist first to ensure true hearing loss is not the cause. If your audiologist reports normal hearing, then addressing your TMJ issues with a TMJ specialist could potentially improve your hearing.

The best way to decompress the joint is with a removable or fixed orthotic. This can reduce pressure and pain significantly or remove it entirely. To resolve the TMD issues in general, explore massage therapy, low-level laser therapy, a custom orthotic, jaw exercises and other solutions with a specialist.