What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is the perception of sounds such as ringing in the ears or head. It can be in one ear or both. The causes of tinnitus are not well known but is generally accepted as a symptom of ear malfunction. Tinnitus needs to be assessed by an ear or hearing specialist. In about 5% of cases, tinnitus can be effected by the jaw because of a close connection between the jaw muscles and muscles in your ear. When the jaw muscles are tense, they cause the ear muscle to tighten which pulls on the ear drum and can cause tinnitus. An ear specialist may refer people to a jaw physiotherapist to assess any jaw dysfunction that could be affecting the tinnitus.
How can The Headache, Neck & Jaw Clinic help my tinnitus?
Our physiotherapists at The Headache, Neck & Jaw Clinic are highly experienced in conducting a thorough assessment of the jaw and how it can impact on the ear. If the physiotherapist finds any jaw dysfunction, treatment involves releasing the jaw muscle tension while strengthening neck and jaw muscles to ease any mechanical strain on the ear. It takes approximately 8 weeks for muscles to be retrained so expect about 6 appointments over 8 weeks.