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
- 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
View the full PDF at this link: Treatment and follow-up of referred otic symptomatology in 23 patients with diagnosed temporomandibular disorders