Mouthguard and Reduction in Tinnitus?

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    1. Inge
      Cool

      Inge Member

      Location:
      california
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      benzodiazepine withdrawal
      I got my mouthguard two days ago and today I noticed a significant reduction in the intensity of my T. Could this really make such a difference? Anyone use a mouthguard? I do have tight neck muscles and I grind my teeth which can't be good for T.
       
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    2. I grinded my teeth so bad that I had to get a root canal. I've since gotten a custom mouthguard from my dentist and it has been a lifesaver, I can no longer sleep without it. I don't think it has reduced any of my T but it is certainly a positive thing and I wish I would've gotten one a lot sooner. I now have custom earplugs on the way too. The joys of middle-age abound! If I would have gotten custom mouthguard and custom earplugs when I was a teenager I would be in a much better state of mind today.
       
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    3. SteveSkis92
      Dumb

      SteveSkis92 Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ototoxicity from Electronic Cigarettes (Propylene Glycol)
      Hey @Inge , this is great news! Happy for you!

      If using a mouth guard at night is significantly reducing your T, this is good indication that your T is neuromuscularly based. While there is no immediate "cure" for this, continuing the use of the mouth guard and making some other anti-inflammatory efforts could make a huge difference in your T. Maybe even eliminate it!

      Enjoy your day! This is a good sign! (In my very unprofessional opinion)

      -Steve
       
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    4. Coansha

      Coansha Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      2013
      Did you get through a dentist for tmj?
      I'm seeing a consultant for tmj Monday as after several avenues of diagnosis I've been told my ears and tinnitus are caused by tmj.
       
    5. glynis-harbron
      Feminine

      glynis-harbron Member Benefactor Hall of Fame Ambassador Team Awareness Team Research

      Location:
      England, Stoke-on-Trent
      Tinnitus Since:
      2004
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Meniere's Disease
      Hi All,
      I wear a mouth guard due to TMJ as my jaw cracks and crunches every time I open and close my mouth.
      I was seen by a Maxilofacial specialist at the hospital and it was my ENT consultant at the time who refured me.
      I had mine made free of charge but a dentist will cost around 100 pound to make a mouth guard for a patient...lol glynis
       
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    6. Inge
      Cool

      Inge Member

      Location:
      california
      Tinnitus Since:
      11/2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      benzodiazepine withdrawal
      Yes I got it through my dentist. It was $350 with my insurance paying half of that.
       
    7. He|ix

      He|ix Member

      Location:
      Sydney, Australia
      Tinnitus Since:
      October 2014
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unkown
      I had a mould taken for a mouth guard this morning. A dentist is the most recent specialist I have seen (in a long line of them) since my tinnitus worsened to a point where I was forced to start taking action about it 12 months ago.

      It seems for me that the root cause is anxiety, which is causing jaw clenching during the day and tooth grinding at night.

      I experience constant tinnitus, blocked Eustachian tubes and my jaw pops whenever I eat. the only relief I have had from the tinnitus and ETD was when taking Prednisolone, which is not a long-term solution.

      My dentist is looking to combine the night guard with some anti-inflammatory medications, and a referral back to my GP for treatment for the underlying anxiety issues.

      Hopefully the night guard, together with the other treatments results in some success.

      I would be interested to hear if others have had any success with the use of a night guard.
       

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