Welcome back to part 2 of How I Manage my Tinnitus. So after seeing the ENT Specialist who was convinced that my tinnitus is due to TMJ (temporomandibular joint dysfunction), he recommended me to a TMJ specialist. As mentioned earlier, I wasn’t too thrilled about having to visit another doctor, but I thought if I gave everything else a chance, why not this. After all, I may be able to manage my tinnitus better than I have been doing and maybe I will find some tinnitus relief.
My first meeting with the TMJ Specialist was actually very good. He asked lots of questions and provided me with tons of tips. I made several appointments over the course of 3 months and he would always give me tips and pointers on relaxation techniques for my jaw along with jaw therapy. The doctor was very patient with me and very supportive. On my third appointment he actually gave me a jaw plate along with a medicine called Klonopin. I had not heard about this drug before, but after some research, I noticed that I was not alone in my journey. In fact, I found out a lot of people who suffer from tinnitus have followed the same or almost the same steps I have. As my sessions were coming to end my TMJ Specialist recommended one more thing. He had a friend who was a chiropractor who had helped someone previously with tinnitus. Now, again, my first reaction was why am I going to a chiropractor, but then I thought, I have been hesitant twice, and twice I have found more and more relief when it comes to me managing my tinnitus. So I was very optimistic and was open to going to a chiropractor.
So the first day I went to the chiropractor she informed me of the conversations she had with my TMJ Specialist. I found out that they had many conversations about me and my TMJ Specialist provided lots of insight on what I felt and what I was doing to try to find some sort of tinnitus relief. The chiropractor worked wonders around my jaw area, shoulders and neck. He recommended some additional jaw exercises that I can do at home and told me to avoid certain foods for it can cause more stress on the jaw.
All in all this experience has helped me manage my tinnitus to the point where I don’t even feel like I have tinnitus anymore. From visiting an ENT, to a TMJ Specialist and a chiropractor, I feel the combination of those three individuals along with my dedicated and willingness to try new things have changed me for the better. I live each and every day much more peacefully and don’t ever notice my tinnitus. I would recommend, if you have not, maybe paying a visit to the same three doctors that I have. You never know, it may help you as it has me. I now know specific exercises, relaxation techniques, foods to avoid and other valuable tips and tricks that all play a tremendously big part in how i manage my tinnitus day after day.