Tinnitus can be described as the sensation of hearing hissing, chirping, whistling, buzzing or other noises that aren’t there. It varies from being continuous or intermittent, loud or soft. It can be particularly exasperating to deal with at night when trying to fall asleep. It is not a condition in and of itself, but it is a symptom of an underlying issue such as injury to the ear, a circulatory disorder, or age-related hearing loss.
A person’s ability to hear and have good balance is made up of three parts:
- The outer ear that funnels sound
- The middle ear that transmits sound
- The inner ear that transmits sound waves and forwards them to the brain through nerves
Potential causes of tinnitus include:
- Cerumen Impaction
- Cardiovascular disease
- Hearing loss
- Medication withdrawal
- Ear infection
- Emotional stress
- Multiple sclerosis
- Meniere’s disease
- Head and neck trauma
When people must be in a loud environment, it is essential that they do whatever is necessary to protect their ears. They could wear earplugs or try to shorten the amount of time that they are exposed to loud noise. For individuals who have been in a car accident or suffered another kind of injury, they may have developed tinnitus due to damage sustained by the upper cervical neck. In these situations, a consultation with an upper cervical chiropractor is highly recommended.
The slightest misalignment of even ¼ of a millimeter could have negative impacts on the entire body and lead to health problems like tinnitus. Even if the accident was many years ago, it can still affect a person now because the problem worsens over time when it is not cared for.
At our clinic, we examine our patients and carefully measure any misalignments. To correct the misalignments, we use a gentle procedure that does not require forcing the spine into place with cracking or popping. Instead, it is a soft touch to a precise area of the neck that encourages the bones to realign naturally. From here, the body’s natural healing properties engage and begin to repair the damage done. This is often all it takes to eliminate tinnitus altogether.