There are certainly many people who feel that temporo mandibular joint disorder syndrome is quite real, and many of them have complaints related to their ears. TMJ syndrome describes inflammation of a joint in your jaw and I recommend discussing it with a doctor
. Like any other joint in the body, this can be inflamed for many reasons. One common reason is due to teeth grinding (bruxism), which often occurs in the night and is often associated with stress. Due to the chronic load that is placed on the joint of the jaw (TMJ joint), the cartilage of the joint can break down. This then leads to chronic pain, as with any other joint with degeneration. Surgical advancements offer many solutions, but most patients can be managed with prevention such as mouth guards. The reason that the pain is felt in the ear is due to the innervation of the joint and the ear being so close. Please speak with your doctor.