Tinnitus is the term used to describe ringing in the ears. Being one of the most common health problems in America, 15% are afflicted with this condition, and it affects those that have had trauma to the head more than others.
The Source of Tinnitus
The way that sound travels to the brain from the ear is very complex. Anything that impedes this from happening can cause the symptoms of tinnitus. When sound enters the ear, it vibrates against three small bones, called ossicles, and the eardrum. The fluid that is located in the ear then moves, sending signals to the brain. Interference with this process, such as a tumor or excessive ear wax, can cause tinnitus to occur.
Often, problems of the ear begin in the upper neck. A misalignment in either the C1 or C2 vertebra may be connected to tinnitus. Doppler ultrasound has been used to measure blood flow in the ear that comes from the vertebral arteries. These particular arteries flow through the bones of the neck. Therefore, it has been theorized that a misalignment in the neck impairs the blood flow to the ears. When the right and left ear have differing blood flow, tinnitus is the end result.
Relieving the Ringing of Tinnitus
Caring for tinnitus can be difficult. Medications are often recommended, along with hearing aids. However, what helps one person may not work for the next one. One area that has seen consistent success is that of upper cervical chiropractic care. This is a gentle form of chiropractic that does not require popping or twisting the spine. Rather, the method helps the bones move back into their original position, leading to a restoration of blood flow to the ears. One or two adjustments are often all that is needed to help alleviate tinnitus. Some see it go away and never come back.
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Dr. Armen Manoucherian of Health Edge Family Spinal Care in Glendale, California is a Glendale Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). He has helped many children and adults find natural relief in Glendale, California. His upper cervical clinic also serves the communities of Pasadena, Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Burbank. 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. More information can be found on his website at http://www.healthedgela.com