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Is Your Jaw Causing 'Labyrinthitis' and Other Ear Problems?

by M Amir(more info)

listed in dentistry, originally published in issue 257 - September 2019


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The following symptoms are often mistakenly attributed to “labyrinthitis”. A retruded lower jaw position is the main cause of:

  • Dizziness - A feeling of light-headedness, a feeling of being off balance or a feeling that the surroundings are spinning;
  • Vertigo – The feeling that the world is moving or spinning around the sufferer;
  • Ménière’s disease – is supposed to be a rare disorder that affects the inner ear. It can cause vertigo, tinnitus, hearing loss, and a feeling of pressure deep inside the ear;
  • Loss of balance;
  • Hearing loss - Hearing loss can occur suddenly but usually develops gradually with age;
  • Tinnitus - An experience of ringing in the ears or a sound such as roaring, buzzing, hissing or a whizzing noise. This constant internal sound which does not improve is referred to as tinnitus. The noise may be intermittent or continuous. It can be affected by posture and is often pulsatile;
  • It is important to note that many medical drugs, especially beta blockers, can cause symptoms akin to severe acute 'labyrinthitis';



Anatomy of the Human Ear. Image Courtesy Wikipedia Commons


The Labyrinth

The labyrinth is the innermost part of the ear. It contains two important parts:

  • The cochlea – this relays sounds to the brain and is responsible for hearing;
  • The vestibular system – a complex set of fluid-filled channels responsible for your sense of balance;

An infection of this organ would be the most serious problem that anyone could possibly encounter and would possibly need immediate hospital treatment. Thankfully this is extremely rare.



Image Courtesy Dr Amir


A disruption of the function of the labyrinth takes place when the condylar head of the lower jaw pushes against the thin plate of bone just in front of the ear canal. This happens when the lower jaw development is restricted by poor facial development, poor swallowing patterns, an asymmetry of the Atlas vertebrae, mouth breathing, wearing dental splints for prolonged periods and extraction orthodontics.

The lower jaw does not have enough room between the skull and the upper front teeth to develop to its genetic potential. The condylar-head bends and beaks forward while also pushing against the thin plate of bone just in front of the ear canal. The distortion of this thin plate of bone impinges into the ear space causing a malfunction of the labyrinth.

This closeness of the head of the jaw can be felt by holding the little finger in the ear and gently opening and closing the jaw.

Treatment involves the correction of the teeth and jaw asymmetry through orthodontic treatment. Experience shows that most symptoms resolve fairly quickly without the use of antibiotics or steroid drops.

'Labyrinthitis' is also often confused with:

  • Bacterial infection of the external ear organ by overzealous use of chlorinated earbuds which result in the demise of the commensal bacteria and an increase in resistant organisms. Antibiotic drops or oral antibiotics do not cure this condition but may make it more chronic;
  • The infection can also be internal when the Eustacean (nasopharyngeal ) tube gets infected from a chronic sore throat caused by poor ventilation of the lungs or overuse of toothpaste, mouthwashes and/or antibacterial lozenges;
    The best cure for these conditions is washing the ear with hot salt water, gargling with hot salt water and staying away from often poisonous toothpastes and mouthwashes.

Please read the testimonials under Ear problems and TMJ dysfunction

The GDC has called upon a maxillo-facial surgeon to advise them about my website to enable them to prosecute me. His comments are below.

The advisor to the GDC advising about Ear problems says:

"Clicking in the ear and pre-auricular pain are features of TMD and not primary ear conditions other ear conditions are not related to TMD although bleeding from the ear can be a sign of a fracture dislocation of the TMJ."

He goes on to say:

"Mr. Amir does not from the evidence on his website accept or understand his duty to 'provide good quality care based on current evidence and authoritative guidance'"

Comment: If I relied on 'current evidence and authoritative guidance', My first patient would have been the last one. "Current evidence and authoritative guidance" has helped create thousands and millions of sick right around the world.

Abandoning it has brought many success stories as listed throughout this website.

It is time we departed from this corrupt mantra and looked at the patients from a different perspective.

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About M Amir

M Amir BDS MSc (U. London) Dental Surgeon was a dental surgeon practising holistic dentistry in London. He specialized in the treatment of patients with medical problems emanating from the dysfunction of the jaw joint. He took particular interest in the field of body symmetry and its relationship to health He may be contacted on Tel: 0208 780 3433 (secretary);

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