After a few years of severe ear pains, I finally went to see an ear, throat and nose doctor today, as recommended by my mother. It took the doctor 15 minutes to figure out that I have TMJ- my mom, who was with me, is a nurse, couldn't believe. She didn't realize it before. Partially that was because I never connected half the symptoms to my ear pains- for some reason, I thought it was normal for my ears to ring a lot, and accounted the fact that my jaw was sore and it was sometimes difficult to chew to my wisdom teeth, and their removal this summer. After figuring out what was wrong, the doctor told me that while the diagnosis was easy, the TMJ treatment is a lot harder. I'm going to be contacting my family dentist to see if they have a specialist who can treat it, and if not, I'll be asking my family doctor for a dentist that she recommends who can treat it. What I would like to know is if anyone here knows anyone or has personally dealt with having TMJ treated?