Clicking in Ears from TMJ?

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    1. Mat V

      Mat V Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      14 years
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Loud music through ipod
      Whenever I walk or go down stairs etc, my ears click, is there a way to solve this?
       
    2. glynis
      Feminine

      glynis Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador Team Awareness Team Research

      Location:
      England, Stoke-on-Trent
      Tinnitus Since:
      2004
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Meniere's Disease
      I would see your dentist and have a jaw x-ray done to see if you have TMJ and if so he/she can make you a mouth guard to wear at night over your bottom teeth . ...lots of love glynis
       
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    3. Samir
      Cowabunga

      Samir Member

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Accoustic Shock
      Hello!

      Do both of your ears click? Do you hear it when you stand still or lie on your back? Do you just hear the clicks or do you feel your jaw move as well?

      I can feel and hear a dull bone like sound on my left side when I move my jaw. I can also sometimes hear a sharp and loud click when I open my mouth wide open. I think I might have TMJ but I have not had it diagnosed. It may or may not be related to my other ear problems. I will see an ENT doctor by the end of the month. Hopefully he will be able to rule out TMJ.

      You can have TMJ diagnosed by a dentist or an ENT doctor. My guess is that it's easier to get an appointment for a dentist than an ENT. In such case I would go to the dentist, but I would not rule out seeing an ENT doctor as well since clicking ears can be a sign of ear aliments as well. I don't know how it is in other countries, but in Sweden at least not all dentists can properly diagnose TMJ. Dentists are highly trained in Sweden but it's not uncommon that they consult a medical specialist when diagnosing TMJ.
       
    4. carlover
      English

      carlover Member Benefactor

      Location:
      London
      Tinnitus Since:
      1986
      is it your jaw or ears clicking ? If its your ears then its just a strange phenonoma that comes with the symptoms of T ,I have it as do many and I have found no way of curing it,its an odd thing
       
    5. snow47
      Cold

      snow47 Member

      Location:
      Iran
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      I think pressure to jaw. I don't know.
      I have clicking sound when take a deep breath. I have glue feeling in my ear area. You mean all of this symptoms relate to T?
       
    6. carlover
      English

      carlover Member Benefactor

      Location:
      London
      Tinnitus Since:
      1986
      snow the feeling via my research is its ETD issues but I have yet to find anyone on any forum that has cured it
      Eustachion tube Dysfunction seems impossible to beat
      for example http://alleviatetinnitus.com/clicking-in-ear/
       
    7. snow47
      Cold

      snow47 Member

      Location:
      Iran
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      I think pressure to jaw. I don't know.
      Thanks for your reply. I see many causes for clicking sound and ear fullness:(.
      How could I found cause of mine? Which test show ETD? Because last year I had noise surgery. maybe that cause ETD?!
       
    8. Vinnitus
      Tired

      Vinnitus Member Benefactor

      Location:
      Amsterdam
      Tinnitus Since:
      28/04/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Acoustic Trauma
      Just a warning; the article referred to here is an advertisement for the Tinnitus Miracle, a well known scam.
       
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    9. Samir
      Cowabunga

      Samir Member

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Accoustic Shock
      Can you elaborate on that "glue feeling"? What do you mean by that?

      Breath induced clicking would suggest a nose problem I would say.

      I would say that ear fullness has the greatest number of possible causes, more than any other type of ear problem. But these are often easiest to diagnose, and in most people it's caused by ear wax and other type of blockage of the ear canal and the ear drum. The second in place in terms of possible causes are the clicks. I think clicks are the hardest to diagnose because they are often subjective and accompany tinnitus.

      What kind of nose surgery did you have?

      I think ETD can be diagnosed using CT and MRI/FMRI imaging. Perhaps tympanometry can be used as well to see if you have fluid in the middle ear. That's usually accompanied with ETD. It's needless to say that imaging is central today in diagnosing many types of medical conditions. Medical imaging has completely revolutionized medical sciences.
       
    10. Samir
      Cowabunga

      Samir Member

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Accoustic Shock
      As I see it, the biggest problem with diagnosing ear problems in general is that there are not a lot of objective test methods. Hardly any! Everything is subjective! Beginning with the standard hearing test!

      Now tympanometry is a great little test that can be easily done and it can help diagnose many ear problems, and the measurements are objective. It makes me wonder why so many audiologists don't appear to offer this test willingly when they do the first assessment of a patient's condition. It's objective, quick, and reliable. Less money for them, I guess...

      I am of the opinion that the more data you can collect, which includes using objective measurements whenever possible, the better (more accurate) diagnosis you can set. I would like to see less talk and more science in this field. It's difficult enough that you can't explain to an observer what kind of sound you hear that the observer cannot. I know that science is kind of lost when it comes to things like tinnitus. But maybe that's the problem, they need to refocus, get back to basics and start doing science again.
       
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    11. snow47
      Cold

      snow47 Member

      Location:
      Iran
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      I think pressure to jaw. I don't know.
      Hi. I feel like Strain on muscles ear. Like everything twisted together.
      I had septorhinoplasty surgery.
      I'm going to test tympanometry tomorrow. I have very breath problem after that surgery. I regret about that surgery:(.
       
    12. Samir
      Cowabunga

      Samir Member

      Location:
      Sweden
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Accoustic Shock
      Hi! I don't know your full story, but it's good that you do the tympanometry test if you have not done it yet. It only takes a few seconds and it's painless to do. As I said, it gives us objective measurements for the workings of the middle ear. As you probably know the Eustachian tube connects to the middle ear. If the tube is not working properly the fluid in the middle ear starts to accumulate.

      Using a tympanometer requires very little training. In my opinion, it should be used by default as part of the standard toolkit when meeting with an ENT for a first assessment. Very much like the otoscope is a standard tool. There is more to tympanometri than one might think. I don't mean to advertise, but Interacoustics has lately developed a 3D version or wideband typanometer.
      Introducing a revolution - Wideband Tympanometry


      So you had difficulties breathing through the nose due to a deviated septum I presume, and you had a corrective surgery to help you breath better. Is it after this operation that you started hearing these clicks? Does it sound like it's coming from the nose? And when you hear these clicks you also feel like something is being glued or twisted in your ear? Is it only one ear or both? You have tinnitus as well?

      I started having problems with my left ear only recently, in July last year. Or at least I started noticing it more around that time. I have had middle ear muscle spasms. I believe I had TTTS. It has almost completely subsided by now. But I do get it sometimes at night when laying in bed, and especially when I lie on my right side. I experienced a short period of TTTS last night actually. It's only my left ear that has the problem.

      I have also had clicks in my left ear. These clicks may have to do with the TTTS and/or possible ETD. These clicks have become less frequent now. It may have to due to subsided TTTS. My original hypothesis was that I had some kind of ossicular chain disruption and that it was one of these small bones clicking in my ear. I later started working on a new hypothesis that the clicks may have to do with ETD. When these symptoms were the worst, these clicks were very faint and it really felt like it was coming somewhere from my middle ear. It not only sounded but also felt like something being glued together as you described, or squashed together and then taken apart. Some soft tissue or something.

      The reason I suspect ETD in my case is because I started having problems breathing through the nose when laying on my back at night. I went to an ENT and it turned out I had developed some small polyp in my right nostril. So I started taking Nasonex and rinsing my nose every night before bedtime. This was helping me manage the polyps, and right now I barely have any problems breathing through my nose. But the long term use of Nasonex and nasal rinses may have affected my Eustachian tube.

      Clicking ears don't always have to be a subjective thing. It should not be neglected or explained away, which is common if one also has tinnitus. There are sometimes mechanical causes for these clicks and they should be investigated thoroughly and seriously.
       
    13. SleeplessSoul
      Insomnious

      SleeplessSoul Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      November 2014
      What would it mean if each time you had that indigestion/ air but not quite a burp come up after eating, like while digesting your food and with each "almost burp" that forced air up the throat you get one click in your ear what is that? Like a sticky sounding click.

      It's starting to really upset me since two months ago I had hearing tests with tympanometry and acoustic reflex where the technician was pushing the ear bud in and pulling on my outer ear to get a pressure seal and after that I started having issues with this good ear.

      Why a click now each time air comes up into my throat or with a yawn.

      I might add that the ear inside is painful and I can't put a finger in there or it hurts all around the jaw area inside and out. It's very tight and sore. And it's a burning pain (Yes I have tmjd but it never made my ear click with each burp or hiccup) and touching the outer ear lightly brings on an itching sort of pain. And if I try to stick my finger in to itch it will kill me.

      I posted about this before thinking she did permanent damage to the ear and now am quite scared she did. I can't go back and I can't prove anything.

      The ear also has a ring to it that it never had before. The ringing and sounds were always from the other ear.

      Anyone have an idea? Is my eardrum effed up or is it the cochlear, jaw, Eustachian tube?
      My muscles in the neck front and side are sore and tender. I'm wondering if eardrum damage causes this pain also.

      Please don't scare me! I'm stressed out enough and want to cry.
       
    14. snow47
      Cold

      snow47 Member

      Location:
      Iran
      Tinnitus Since:
      05/2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      I think pressure to jaw. I don't know.
      very descriptive. Thank you.
      Before operation I had deviated septum, But I didn't have breathing problem. after that hell surgery I was very sick for a few months, Sinusitis, Allergy and of curse Stress. and then T started.
      When I have fullness feeling my T is worse and have clicking. this three symptoms rise together.
      yes. But this clicking is not always.
       

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