Hi, New to Tinnitus from TMJ I Think

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    1. as4608

      as4608 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Jan 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      TMJ
      Hi everyone,
      I developed T while trying a new dental appliance for sleep apnea and grinding - I slept better but every morning I woke up with my jaw out of alignment and a very sore right ear. My dentist also gave me something he called a "biscuit" which is essentially an impression of what your bite should be that you're meant to use to bring your jaw back to normal position. My jaw was so far forward that using this "biscuit" was almost impossible no matter how hard I tried. Doing it was extremely painful. I persisted with the device for a few weeks because I was told by the dentist that it would take some getting used to.
      At some point during this time I developed Tinnitus. I immediately stopped using it, realizing I'd probably done some damage and went back to the dentist.
      The dentist then decided after examining me and the device that it was the wrong device for me or it was faulty or whatever and said he would arrange for another type to be made. Also, in relation to Tinnitus, said it's unlikely that the device could have caused this. I don't believe that obviously.
      It's been about 3 weeks now since I've used the device and my jaw is feeling better although every morning I have some discomfort in my right ear and my bite doesn't feel quite right. My T needless to say is worse than ever, it's disrupting my life terribly and affecting my sleep. I have resorted to taking sleeping pills that only work for a few hours it seems.
      I have already seen an ENT that was most unhelpful and an Audiologist that confirmed some mild hearing loss in my right ear. I am also having specialized physiotherapy on my neck, jaw and even in my mouth but I'm starting to think it's making it worse. Back to another ENT this morning. I'm just hoping there's no permanent damage. Next step will be to fine a specialist dentist to have a look at my TMJ.
      Anyone else with similar story and if so, how's it all going?
       
    2. billie48
      Sunshine

      billie48 Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador Team Research

      Location:
      Vancouver, Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2009
      Welcome to the forum. I have sleep apnea too and I had used a dental appliance custom made for me. I used it for years without any issue and I didn't have T at the time I was using this appliance. But it was not comfortable as it tries to extend the jaw forward to open up the airway. So I have since used a CPAP machine. After I had T, I noticed that if the CPAP machine is leaky or if my sinus was plugged causing the machine to fail pumping in air, the oxygen deprivation brain is formula for loud T ringing when I woke up. I don't know if sleep apnea can cause T, but faulty equipment leading to collapsed airway and therefore oxygen deprived brain can cause T to spike. TMJ is a known cause for T, so if you suspect you have TMJ issue, do get it taken care of. Perhaps your T will fade.

      If you have problem sleeping with the T ringing, have you tried masking T at bed time?
       
    3. as4608

      as4608 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Jan 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      TMJ
      Thanks for your feedback, very interesting.
      My device was definitely doing more harm than good, I'm going to try CPAP machine soon.
      I do try and mask the noise but I suppose it's all a bit new for me, I find the masking almost as bad as the T.
      I have now seen a new ENT and he feels I should have it evaluated by an Oral Surgeon so he has referred me to one - he said that's the best way to evaluate my jaw/T issue.
      If it's not that, well, I'll have to try and get used to this new noisy world somehow. I'm sure I will, I have no choice.
       
    4. billie48
      Sunshine

      billie48 Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador Team Research

      Location:
      Vancouver, Canada
      Tinnitus Since:
      03/2009
      Sometimes masking with white noise is not pleasant to the senses. Perhaps you can try masking with nature sounds. Here are some suggestions:

      TT’s own excellent masking sounds:
      http://www.tinnitustalk.com/audioplayer/

      If you need more masking sounds, here is free ‘aire freshener’:
      http://www.peterhirschberg.com/mysoftware.html

      You can mix your own rain sounds with this rain generator:
      http://mynoise.net/NoiseMachines/rainNoiseGenerator.php

      Search youtube with ‘masking sounds’ and you will also get lots of different nature sounds, such as rain, waves, waterfalls, running brooks, insect sounds, even shower & faucet etc.
       
    5. as4608

      as4608 Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      Jan 2016
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      TMJ
      Thanks, I've downloaded the app, will give it a try. I really appreciate that.
       

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