Jaw Is the New Ear

I saw my dentist this morning, and he confirmed the ear doctor’s suspicion that I’m suffering from TMJ disorder in the left joint of my jaw. It doesn’t seem to be a particularly severe case. He’s going to start by giving me a soft mouthguard to wear when I sleep, and if all goes well, that should provide relief within a week. If that doesn’t work, then we’ll switch to a hard biteplate. He took all of the necessary impressions this morning, and I’ll be able to pick up the mouthguard Thursday morning. And except for the jaw issues, my ear continues not to bother me, though I still can’t hear very well on that side. At this point, I don’t know what would be causing that. We can start to focus on that when I see the ear doctor again in a couple of weeks.

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