Ear Pain and Hearing Loss, in Migraine, TMJ, and Headache.

This study showed the effectiveness of one of the most counter-intuitive but most published, most measured, and most successful headache, migraine, and TMJ dysfunction treatments in medicine, the intra-oral appliance. Also known as a bite plate, or an occlusal splint.

In this study otic symptoms, that means symptoms related to the ear, were inclusion criteria for all one hundred and sixty-five patients. These patients are only qualified for the study after they had undergone a full evaluation by ENT (Ear Nose and Throat) specialists and found to have no medical problems associated with their ears what so ever. These hundred and sixty-five patients alone show conclusively that the following symptoms which manifest in the ear often have nothing to do with problems related to the ear itself. These include

  • Tinnitus – ringing in the ears
  • Otic fullness, also known as aural fullness – Stuffy or blocked ear that feels full or puffy
  • Hearing loss
  • Hyperacusis, or Photophobia, which means heightened sensitivity to sound or certain sounds
  • Earache
  • Vertigo – dizziness

From these hundred and sixty-five patients, a further hundred forty-two patients were excluded from the study as they displayed one of many other medical symptom or conditions that could possibly affect the purity of the results.

The remaining twenty-three headache patients with earache and related symptoms were treated for five months with intra-oral appliance known as NTI-tss. The results were

  • Headache and vertigo cleared up in 100% of cases
  • Seventy-eight percent experienced an improvement in hearing loss
  • Eighty-four percent experienced relief from tinnitus
  • Ninety-three percent experienced relief from otic fullness
  • Ninety-three percent experienced relief from earache


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