What is Tinnitus?
If you've ever heard a constant beeping, chirping, clicking, or similar noise without a source, there is a good chance you are suffering from Tinnitus. You may think you are suffering alone, but the truth is you're not. One out of five people suffer from it, and the chances of you getting it increase with age. That means while 20% of all people suffer from this hearing condition, that percentage increases with age.
What causes Tinnitus?
Now that you know that that percentage increases with age, and that the older you are the more normal you are if you deal with it, you should also know it's not a disease. It's a sign of an underlying condition, but that underlying condition may be serious, so it's important that you not ignore those random sounds in your ear.
There are three parts to your ear: the outer, middle, and inner ear. You guessed it! What we see and think of as the ear is the outer ear and is only one part of your ear. Each part of the ear plays a part in a person's ability to hear
Causes of Tinnitus
Most of the time, there are simple preventative measures a person can take to reduce or eliminate Tinnitus. Sometimes, it can be as easy as just cleaning out your ears or getting away from the construction zone or other area that's causing that ringing.
Of course, if that random noise doesn't go away after you do one or both of those two things, then you'll want to seek the proper care. Frequently that will start with seeing an ear nose and throat specialist. But after a thorough evaluation if you are still having ringing in your ears the cause may be coming from a surprising source.
Head and neck injuries can lead to very slight misalignments in the upper neck. This upper neck area where the brain and spinal cord come together is very sensitive to pressure and irritation. The nerves that your ears rely on in order to work properly begin in your upper neck at the level of the brainstem. Misalignments in that area have been demonstrated to cause ringing in the ears and other ear related symptoms.
Dr. Grayson Blom is an expert at evaluating and correcting misalignments in the upper neck. As a specially trained upper cervical chiropractic specialist Dr. Blom has been able to help many people locate and correct their tinnitus and other ear related symptoms by making a specific correction to the upper neck to restore proper alignment and normal nerve flow to the ears.