Tinnitus is, arguably, one of the most frustrating and uncomfortable medical conditions imaginable. This ailment, characterized by a non-stop ringing sound coming from inside a patient’s ears, is not an illness in and of itself – it’s usually indicative of some kind of traumatic injury to the neck, spinal column or blood vessels.
Because there are a number of disorders that could potentially cause tinnitus, it’s important to seek help from a qualified medical professional anytime you are experiencing consistent symptoms. Often, the best place to start is with a holistic medical practitioner, like a chiropractor, to address your potential tinnitus. At Graybar Chiropractic, we’re ready to help North Carolina patients understand their tinnitus and look for ways to help effectively treat it.
Tinnitus is surprisingly easy to diagnose. You are experiencing tinnitus anytime you are hearing a sound without external noise factors present. These noises most commonly manifest as ringing, however they may also sound like hissing, roaring, clicking, or buzzing. Basically, any persistent noise in the ear that only you can hear.
Types of tinnitus
There are actually two types of tinnitus: subjective and objective. When you are experiencing objective tinnitus, your doctor will be able to hear the sound you are experiencing using a device like a stethoscope. Objective tinnitus is easier to diagnose, because the doctor can frequently link it to a particular action occurring inside your body, such as a muscle contraction. Subjective tinnitus, however, does not involve any physical sounds and may indicate problems within your nervous system.
Causes of tinnitus
What makes tinnitus so particularly troublesome is that it may have many causes, but few definitive actions that link it to these causes. Moreover, tinnitus may be caused by an acute action, but persist chronically long after, making it even harder to nail down the cause. Some examples include:
- Exposure to noise: Occasionally, tinnitus is the result of some kind of short-term trauma caused to your ear drums by an extremely loud noise. Construction workers frequently suffer from tinnitus because of their consistent exposure to heavy machinery and industrial supplies, for example.
- TMJ disorders: Anything affecting your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) could cause tinnitus. This joint, which connects the skull with the lower jawbone, can ‘lock up,’ and cause extreme pain because of infections, like tetanus, or because of joint and muscle afflictions.
- Hearing loss: Age-related hearing loss is a common source of tinnitus symptoms. If you are over 55 and experiencing tinnitus, you may want to meet with an audiologist and learn how hearing loss prevention methods may assist you moving forward.
- Head and neck injuries: If you’ve recently suffered any head or neck injuries, they could ultimately be the cause of your tinnitus symptoms. Because your cervical spine, which connects the spinal column to the skull, contains a number of important nervous connections, neck and head trauma could be the source of your auditory discomfort.
- High blood pressure: Anything that causes your blood pressure to rapidly elevate, including caffeine and alcohol, may be exacerbating your tinnitus symptoms. If you are suffering from tinnitus, actively work to reduce your blood pressure and mark any changes in symptoms you experience.
Regardless of the cause of your tinnitus, it’s important to use holistic healthcare methodology while treating any serious condition related to your body’s nervous system.
Seek chiropractic relief
If you’ve got a ringing in the ears that just won’t quit, it’s time to schedule an appointment with Graybar Chiropractic. Using Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), we help North Carolina patients determine where their tinnitus is coming from and what, if any, treatment options may be available. Schedule a free consultation with us today!
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.