What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a condition that involves a buzzing or ringing in one or both ears, and this sound can either come and go or remain constant. This is a common condition, with an estimated 15 million people in the United States suffering from it.
There are several possible causes of tinnitus that are not due to an underlying disease, including ear wax blockage, abnormal bone growth, ear damage, aging, and head or neck injuries.
Signs and Symptoms of Tinnitus
The sound tinnitus causes is often a ringing, whistling, or buzzing. Some people report hearing a constant repetitive clicking, a whooshing sound akin to roaring wind, a crackling sound like static or electricity, or even something that sounds like music on a loop. The noise may be soft or loud, it may be intermittent or constant.
On occasion, there are physical symptoms that accompany tinnitus, such as pressure or a full feeling in the ears.
While generally not considered a serious condition, it can cause individuals problems with hearing and communication, and this can interfere with their daily activities. A constant, unpleasant sound can also be very uncomfortable and irritating.
How the Upper Cervical Spine Affects Tinnitus
The upper cervical spine is located in the neck and upper back, starting just under the base of the skull. It is close to the inner ear and has a role in the function of the vessels and nerves in the ear that regulate pressure.
The vertebrae in the upper cervical spine can become misaligned from a jolt to the head or neck, such as when one is in an accident, has a fall, or plays sports. When the vertebrae are misaligned, it may cause inflammation, swelling, and muscle strains that cause blockages or damage nerves in the ears. This can lead to tinnitus.
How Our Tinnitus Treatment Works
Dr. Christina Coblish and Dr. Ryan Moeskau of Upper Cervical of Boulder specialize in the Blair Chiropractic Technique. Our doctors utilize advanced 3D imaging tools to pinpoint misalignments in the upper cervical spine. Once the misalignments are identified, Dr. Coblish and Dr. Moeskau use minimal force to make the adjustments precisely and effectively, without the abrupt twisting and jolting associated with traditional chiropractic techniques.
Our doctors work with tinnitus patients using safe, natural, gentle, drug-free treatments to get to the root of the problem. Once the upper cervical spine is properly aligned, it makes way for the body’s natural healing mechanisms to kick in to help alleviate the symptoms of tinnitus and restore a person to good health.
If tinnitus is interfering with your enjoyment of life, please get in touch with Dr. Coblish and Dr. Moeskau for an appointment. Located in Boulder, Colorado, Upper Cervical Chiropractic of Boulder also services Broomfield, Denver, Erie, Lafayette, Longmont, and Louisville.