Getting to the Underlying Cause of Tinnitus in Plymouth, Minnesota

What Tinnitus Is

It sounds like something is clicking, beeping, chirping, or buzzing. The only concern is that nothing is actually there creating the sound. Tinnitus is a common problem. About 20% of people will experience tinnitus, and that risk only increases as you get older.

The Cause of Tinnitus

Tinnitus isn’t actually a disease so much as it is a symptom of an underlying problem. While it may be tempting to ignore tinnitus, you shouldn’t ignore the problem that is causing it.

First, it is important to know that the ear is made up of three parts: the inner, outer, and middle ear. Each part plays its own role in things such as hearing and balance. The outer ear funnels sound. The middle ear transmits sound. Sound waves are, in turn, forwarded to the brain through nerves.

The following factors or underlying conditions often lead to tinnitus:

  • Loud noises
  • MS
  • TMJ
  • Head and neck injuries
  • Allergies
  • Cerumen impaction
  • Hearing loss
  • Withdrawal from certain medications
  • Ear infection
  • Hypertension
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Emotional Stress
  • Aging
  • Meniere’s Disease

Treatment for Tinnitus 

If tinnitus is being caused by loud sounds, the solution may be as simple as going to fewer rock concerts or wearing ear plugs at work. However, if the problem is caused by an injury, tinnitus may continue to grow worse without treatment.

The fact is that even a mild misalignment of the C1 and C2 vertebrae can cause all sorts of problems, including tinnitus. If you have suffered a head or neck injury, even one that is in the distant past, this may be the cause of your tinnitus.

Dr. Jeff Leach is an upper cervical chiropractor in Plymouth, Minnesota and can provide relief from symptoms caused by an upper cervical misalignment. An examination can reveal the proper course of action. Gentle adjustments to realign the C1 and C2 vertebrae can restore proper nerve flow to the ears and other parts of the body resulting in the elimination of tinnitus and other symptoms that you may never have associated with your injury.

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Dr. Jeff Leach of Living Well Chiropractic, in Plymouth, Minnesota is a Plymouth Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic also serves Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Wayzata, and St. Louis Park. He is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, sciatica, neck and back pain, and torticollis. More information can be found on our website at