Sensitive Hearing

by Charlotte
(Silverton, OR, USA)

Thank you for your website. I have been diagnosed with Hyperacusis, a hearing condition where everyday sounds have become painful. However, I also have pain in the jaw in front of my ears, kind of like my ears are trying to close themselves off from sound. I have found some of the TMJ exercises you posted helpful in relaxing my face, and I have heard of correlations between TMJ and ear pain.

The treatment protocol for Hyperacusis is too expensive for me right now, so I am trying to eliminate all the other peripheral contributors and treat it myself as best I can. A Naturopath suggested that balancing the fluid in the ear might help, by balancing sodium and potassium intake.

Do you have any insight about how the hearing sensitivity might be related to TMJ or Chiropractic disorders? Are there any stretches/exercises that you think might help? Any insight would be much appreciated. Thank you.

Hello Charlotte,
If you have pain in your jaw joints, just in front of the ears, then it needs to be attended to anyway; the question is something of chicken and egg though. Is the TMJ causing the hyperacusis, or vice versa?

Try a little test. Place your index finger with the pulp outwards into the "ptergoid pocket" and poke around. Is is exceptionally tender, and does the pain explode into your head?

Dr B

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Apr 23, 2016
Pterygoid pocket not really tender
by: Charlotte

Thanks, Dr. B.

I reached my pinky into my mouth and checked for tenderness between by cheek and upper teeth and behind my molars. I didn't have any particular tenderness nor any increase in pain when I felt around. Afterwards, there was a residual unpleasant sensation in front of my ears though.

Over the past few months, I had dental work done on a molar (a root canal), and I think this has contributed to the jaw pain. The hearing sensitivity was there before the dental work though. Also, I recently changed my pillow, thinking that a pillow that supported my jaw more might help. I think that it IS helping, but it's hard to get used to.

I'm not sure if I have 2 separate issues, 2 issues that are "reflecting" each other, or 1 issue that is showing in 2 places.

Thank you for your interest in my issue, and for your thoughts.


Pleasure, Charlotte, but I have no experience of hearing and the jaw joint, despite their proximity. Keep an open mind.

Dr b

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