A Ringing Endorsement to Silence Tinnitus
By Dr. Molly Casey
Do you ever hear things that aren’t there? No, I’m not talking about voices in your head. I mean sounds such as clicking, hissing, roaring or (most commonly) a high pitched-ringing. If so, you’re not alone. It’s more frequent than you may think. Many people chalk it up to an annoyance that they have to deal with instead of something that can be fixed, but it is possible to silence the sounds inside your head.
The medical term for hearing a sound, as described above, that is not actually there, is called tinnitus. The sound is often high-pitched and can be heard in one or both ears. It is diagnosed based on a patient’s subjective information.
Symptom, Not Problem
Tinnitus is not the actual problem, but rather a symptom of an underlying condition. It can result from ear infections, noise-induced hearing loss, and at times has been associated with cervical subluxations. Yes, when your spine is misaligned or the cervical joints are restricted in their range of motion, it is possible your ears can ring and you can hear noises that aren’t physically present.
Address the Cause
Because tinnitus is a symptom caused by an underlying condition, it’s wise to look past the symptoms to address the cause. This is the entire premise of chiropractic. In a 2002 case study, a 41-year-old woman reported improvement and complete resolution of symptoms that included tinnitus after nine chiropractic adjustments to her cervical spine. In a 2008 case study, a 46-year-old female reported significant improvement in symptoms, including tinnitus, after five months of chiropractic care. She was dealing with an eight-month bout of symptoms.
Remember, everything in your body is connected. And everything runs as a result of the nervous system. The spine houses and protects the nervous system. When the spine is subluxated, misaligned or restricted, the nervous system can be adversely affected, often times preventing it from functioning at its fullest potential. Thus, your health suffers and eventually symptoms appear. Clearing the spine of subluxations, particularly in the cervical region, allows all structures that are fed nerve impulses from that area to be healthier and function better. This includes your ears.
If you or someone you know is suffering from tinnitus or you simply have questions about it, please consult with your local chiropractor to see if chiropractic may help you. Drop in at The Joint Chiropractic and let our licensed chiropractors show you how it’s all connected -- because it is! The answers they provide may be music to your ears.
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