Minx, yes. Mine gets worse when I have viral infection ( with runny nose, etc the usual stuff) and when my neck is really off. Plus, I can not wear earrings because they are too painful. I get very painful outer ear on the right. My acupuncturist ( orthopedic surgeon in China - 10 years doing neck surgery/ now acupuncture here in U.S. - pretty amazing) says this painful ear comes from a problem in the neck. But also there is an important functional relationship between the neck, the jaw and the ear. The sacrooccipital chiropractors and craniosacral practitioners discuss this. They attribute ear ringing to a lower jaw that has slipped posteriorly into the mandibular fossa. (Sorry I can not post the drawing I have in front of me) Thus ear ringing can be part of a TMJ dysfunction. Yes, my jaw has continued to slip 'backward' since the injury in 1998. My lower jaw is also rotated - I hit on the right side first. Gee, back to structure and function. So important.