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The character's many weird ties--he clicks his jaw constantly like a TMJ Syndrome sufferer--give Mort far more interesting quirks than the usual tortured writer figure, and his reading matter of choice (Tom Robbins and Hunter S.
You may have read articles in newspapers and magazines about "TMD" -- temporomandibular (jaw) disorders, also called "TMJ syndrome." Perhaps you have even felt pain sometimes in your jaw area, or maybe your dentist or physician has told you that you have TMD.
In addition, supersensitive hearing is seen medically in post-operative surgical cases involving the jaw or face; Bell's Palsy; Meniere's Disease; Tay-Sachs Disease and TMJ syndrome.