Bruxism Could Be Worsening/Causing Your Tinnitus

Discussion in 'Support' started by Depressed, Sep 19, 2018.

    1. Depressed
      Depressed

      Depressed Member

      Location:
      Barcelona
      Tinnitus Since:
      5/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Bupropion (Elontril)/Bruxism
      Sleep bruxism, also known as nocturnal tooth grinding, is the medical term for clenching or grinding teeth during sleep.

      I suppose I'm not saying anything new, but it's worth a reminder. Most people who grind their teeth at night are unaware of it, so unless you have very obvious symptoms it's hard to know that you have this condition or that it even exists at all. Unfortunately teeth grinding can cause tinnitus, and the more stressed you are, the more you grind your teeth, which in turn worsens your tinnitus.

      I went to a dentist and he confirmed that I was a grinder, so I had a mouth guard made, which I got in early August, and after wearing it every day since then, my t has improved a lot. Most of the time I don't notice it, and it's only really bothersome when I'm in complete silence.

      I hope that someone can get some relief from this. Good luck and stay strong.
       
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    2. HollowZer0
      Vegged out

      HollowZer0 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      09/2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Noise exposure from power tool
      I agree. My thing with the mouth guards (I have one as i am also a night-grinder) is that they seem to make me want to clench more. It seems like I'm constantly chewing on the thing. I've used one for over 3 years so it's not because I'm not used to it.
      The few times I've skipped using it I thought that I clenched less... Hard to say because grinding happens without you knowing it but I'd wake up with a jaw less sore than normal.
      But then I don't want to wear down my teeth as fast so I do still wear it.

      It is worth noting too that I never have a still mouth. I'm always either chewing on my lip or tongue, or drumming with my teeth or some other type of constant mouth movement. I do it subconsciously while awake too, and then when I notice it, I cease, but then my anxiety boosts to a million so I either forget about trying to keep my mouth calm and go back to doing it soon, or I just go back to drumming consciously to cool down.

      Whenever I've slept without a guard I'd stick my tongue between my teeth so that I can't grind. Been woken up several times from biting down on my tongue. Teeth grinding is a weird thing.
       
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    3. Mister Muso
      Inactive

      Mister Muso Member

      Location:
      Scotland
      Tinnitus Since:
      2007 / April 2019
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music
      Yes that was my issue with mine. So I gave up after a few nights. Now I've got severe tinnitus and hyperacusis, and I'm wondering if I could have avoided/lessened the effects if I had persisted with it. But the noise traumas over the years that triggered my present state may have been enough on their own - who can say?
       
    4. basma

      basma Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      One month
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I saw an ENT today. He's THE best one in my city.

      He said my hearing is normal and after checking everything, he said I grind my teeth which I know I do because my dentist mentioned it last year.

      He recommends getting a splint and seeing a dental physiotherapist which I will definitely do.

      I'm hoping it helps my tinnitus.
       
    5. basma

      basma Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      One month
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I just got diagnosed with this too and will definitely get a splint.
       
    6. HeavyMantra
      Bugridden

      HeavyMantra Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      Steadily worsening since 2017
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I have bruxism and got a mouthguard, but I still bite down on it so I don't know how it helps apart from protecting my teeth

      Having no hearing loss and no hidden hearing loss, I still wonder sometimes if my T is caused by bruxism or other muscular things

      I wish there was a way to know
       
    7. Kai Love
      Surrender

      Kai Love Member

      Location:
      Minneapolis, MN
      Tinnitus Since:
      09/19
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Neck injury (car accident), subsequent TMJ, Ear Wax
      The spacing from the mouthguard helps minimize the force of a completely clenched jaw. A clenched jaw puts extreme stress on the TMJ/structure of the jaw. Of course, it would be better if you didn't clench with the guard, but the effects should not be as extreme (force distributed more, and in a more "neutral" jaw position).

      Also, make sure you are not too cold at night when sleeping, as it can make you clench more.
       

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