Can TMJ ruin hearing?
My jaw was broken 40yrs ago. I had no money to set it properly. Now i am in my 60's and I have been diagnosed with TMJ Disorder. I began complaining of ear infection because my ears hurt and my hearing was greatly decreased. I felt like I was in a tunnel; people sounded far away when they talked to me. I also get headaches, jaw pain, popping ears and ear ache. Whenever I go out my hearing decreases. After a few days at home I can hear a little better but never clear. As soon as I go out again the ears get muffled again.
It has been 3months now. The doctors say I have no ear infection at all. My ears are filling with fluid because of TMD. I was placed on soft food diet, told to apply heat, and stop singing at church for awhile. One month of this protocol and no change in my condition. So I was referred to a dentist who said I needed a splint for at least 10 months and if I don't do something soon I could lose my hearing altogether.
Have you seen anything like this in your practice? Is it true I could lose my hearing? Can your mouth guard keep my ears from filling with fluid? Will I be able to go outside and sing again without my ears filling up? Should I wear the guard all day to reset my jaw?