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Tinnitus, dizziness, and nonotologic otalgia improvement through temporomandibular disorder therapy.
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PMID:  11050868     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
U.S. Air Force otologic patients seeking care at Wilford Hall Medical Center for tinnitus, dizziness, and/or nonotologic otalgia without an identifiable cause and presenting with temporomandibular disorder (TMD) symptoms in the temple, jaw, or preauricular area or with otalgia at least once a month were referred to a TMD specialty clinic. The patients were provided a dental orthotic and TMD self-care instructions. After 3 months of orthotic wear, the percentages of patients reporting at least moderate symptom improvement of their tinnitus, dizziness, otalgia, and/or TMD were 64, 91, 87, and 92%, respectively. Follow-up telephone calls 6 months after completion of TMD therapy revealed that all patients maintained their symptom improvements. These findings imply that TMD was affecting the patients' otologic symptoms. Patients seeking care for tinnitus, dizziness, and/or nonotologic otalgia without an identifiable cause may have TMD, and their otologic symptoms may benefit from conservative reversible TMD therapy.
E F Wright; C A Syms; S L Bifano
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Military medicine     Volume:  165     ISSN:  0026-4075     ISO Abbreviation:  Mil Med     Publication Date:  2000 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-11-22     Completed Date:  2000-11-22     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2984771R     Medline TA:  Mil Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  733-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Otolaryngology and Temporomandibular Disorder Clinics, Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, TX 78236, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Dizziness / etiology*
Earache / etiology*
Middle Aged
Military Dentistry
Mouth Protectors
Orthodontic Appliances
Patient Education as Topic
Prospective Studies
Self Care
Temporomandibular Joint Disorders / complications*,  therapy*
Tinnitus / etiology*
Treatment Outcome

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