What is Tinnitus?
Well, have you ever heard a constant ringing or beeping in your ear, and you didn’t know what caused it or what the source of it was? That was Tinnitus. One in five people experiences it, and it usually worsens with age. Most people associate it with ringing in the ear; but some people hear buzzing, roaring, clicking, hissing, or various other sounds.
What causes Tinnitus?
Well, first, it’s important to know it’s the sign of an underlying condition and is not a disease. Most of the causes will either go away on their own, or after taking some preventative measures, but it can also be a sign of a serious underlying condition.
Your ear consists of an outer, middle, and inner ear. Your outer ear acts to funnel sound waves, then they pass through the middle ear where they are mechanically transmitted, and then they are finally translated from sound waves into nerve messages that are sent to your brain. Below are some of the causes of Tinnitus you should know about.
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Causes of Tinnitus
- Loud noises or Noise-induced
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Ear infection
- Oxidative Stress
- Emotional Stress
- Foreign object in the ear
- Meniere’s Disease
- High blood pressure (Hypertension)
- Cardiovascular disease
- Circulatory problems
- Underactive Thyroid gland
- Neck or jaw problems (TMJ for example)
- Head and neck injuries
- Nasal Allergies (that prevent or induce fluid drain)
- Wax build-up
- Hearing loss
- Withdrawal from certain psychoactive drugs
- side effects of certain medications
What should you do about that constant ringing?
If you experience Tinnitus, it might go away on its own or by taking simple, preventative measures like cleaning out your ears or getting away from that noisy construction zone. Though, if it that noise continues, you won’t want to ignore it. It might be a sign of something more serious.
If it doesn’t go away on its own, then you will want to seek the proper care. An upper cervical specialist can examine your upper neck vertebrae for any misalignments in your upper cervical. They won’t give you a prescription that will just cover the noise and tell you to go home and wait until it goes away. Instead, they will work to address the underlying cause. We hope the cause is not a serious one, but you won’t want to ignore it.
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Dr. Craig Lapenski and Dr. Martha Schenk of Advanced Spinal Care, in Graham, Washington are your Graham NUCCA Specialists trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Their upper cervical clinic also serves Puyallup, Tacoma, Olympia, and Sumner. They are 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, fibromyalgia, vertigo, neck and back pain, and more. More information can be found on our website at http://www.nuccawashington.com/