#5 Wearing Earbuds
Earbuds are a great innovation in many ways. They’re small and discreet, plus they can provide great sound quality while blocking out the sounds you don’t want to hear when you’re listening to tunes or having a conversation. However, earbuds can also contribute to your TMJ risk.
As your jaw moves, it changes the size and shape of your ear canals. If you have earbuds in, it can restrict these changes, which prevents your jaw from functioning naturally. Over time, this can contribute to TMJ symptoms.
Try to minimize time using your jaw while wearing earbuds. This means taking your earbuds out when eating or chewing gum and minimizing phone calls using an earpiece. However, remember that your jaw is constantly working, facilitating breathing, swallowing saliva, and more, so take regular breaks from wearing earbuds no matter what.