Almost everyone has experienced tinnitus (a ringing in the ears) at one time or another, probably due to a very loud noise. Thankfully, this goes away after a short period of time. However, for some people, they have to deal with this on a daily basis. In fact, the American Tinnitus Association says that one in every five people have this condition.
How Sound is Heard
The process of hearing sound is very complex and detailed. To simplify it:
- Noise comes into the outer part of the ear.
- This vibrates against the eardrum and three small bones called the ossicles.
- These vibrations move fluid that is contained within the inner ear.
- This is interpreted by the brain as sound.
Anytime this process is hindered, whether by too much ear wax, a tumor, or a head trauma, tinnitus can be the end result. If head or neck trauma is the cause of tinnitus, a solution may be found by looking at the upper neck area.
Researchers found, by measuring blood flow in both ears, a link to tinnitus symptoms. The research revealed:
- When a misalignment is present in the upper neck, blood flow between the ears is disrupted.
- This happens because the vertebral arteries, that supply blood to the ears, pass through the bones of the neck.
- If the speed in which blood comes in and out of the ears differs from one ear to the other, tinnitus can be the outcome.
What to Do Next for Tinnitus?
Upper cervical chiropractors have seen fine results in caring for patients with tinnitus. We focus on the bones of the upper neck (C1 and C2 vertebrae) and correct any misalignments found there. An interesting fact is that the very first chiropractic patient in 1895 was a deaf man who began to hear after his first adjustment! This shows a definite connection between the ears and the spine. A healthy spine and upper neck lead to good quality blood flow, nervous system function, and overall health of a person.
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Kessinger RC, Boneva DV. Vertigo, tinnitus, and hearing loss in the geriatric patient. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2000; 23:352–62.
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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 http://www.livingwellmn.com/