Clicking/Popping Jaw or Earache
One the most common reason for ear pain is temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, which can cause symptoms of earache along with clicking and/or popping of the jaw.
The TMJ is the “hinge” of the jaw that allows you to move your jaw back and forth, side to side. When the jaw does not function as it should, TMJ disorder may be the underlying cause. Your dentist will be able to perform an examination of your jaw to help determine if you have TMJ. Therapy depends on the cause of TMJ. the severity of the condition and can include: over the counter pain relievers, splints, bite adjustment, injections, or surgery.