Tinnitus / Ringing Ear
Ear ringing and pain often accompany ear-related issues. Tinnitus, or ringing ear symptom, can affect one or both ears. This symptom is not limited to ringing sounds only. In some cases, tinnitus displays itself as buzzing, clicking, swooshing, or whistling sounds in the affected ear.
How Prevalent Are Tinnitus and Ear Pain?
According to a study, tinnitus and ear pain can affect 50 million people in the United States alone. This prevalent symptom can also be categorized as subjective or objective, depending on who hears the sounds. Objective tinnitus is an extremely rare occurrence where other people can also hear the sounds besides the patient. As much as 99 percent of tinnitus cases are subjective, where the noises are only audible to the patient.
What Is the Main Cause of Tinnitus?
Tinnitus may come alongside other health conditions. Most experts connect ear ringing and pain to different conditions that affect the inner ear. Some of these conditions are Meniere’s disease and benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). Ringing in the ears and TMJ disorders are usually connected. The TMJ is closely positioned to the inner ear. Hence, there is a chance that a problem in the TMJ can cause tinnitus and ear pain.
Tinnitus can also indicate the following conditions:
- Neck misalignments
- Thyroid problems
- Autoimmune disorders
What Treatments Exist for Tinnitus?
Managing tinnitus might require the use of several devices, depending on the severity of this symptom. Ear ringing and pain usually indicate an inner ear problem. If the underlying condition you have leads to hearing issues, your doctor might recommend using hearing aids. Some patients with chronic tinnitus also use sound-masking devices and customized sound machines to drown out and reduce tinnitus noises. In some cases, chronic tinnitus can lead to mental health-related conditions like depression and anxiety. Hence, doctors may also prescribe antidepressants for tinnitus treatment.
How Can I Heal Tinnitus Naturally?
Tinnitus usually goes away on its own, along with the underlying condition. However, there are still many reported cases where this condition progressed to be chronic. Chronic tinnitus and ear pain can contribute to the development of other health conditions such as stress and anxiety disorders. Hence, patients with chronic tinnitus want to find a sustainable, inexpensive alternative to address the ringing ear symptom. Many patients try out behavioral therapy, acupuncture, and exercise to reduce the stress that may induce tinnitus.
Addressing the main reason for the problem can provide more sustainable healing that does not require fancy devices and medication. As mentioned previously, tinnitus can arise from neck misalignments. Therefore, upper cervical chiropractic care can give you relief from this symptom. In addition, this method can help get rid of any ringing in the ears and TMJ disorders.
If you are constantly experiencing ear ringing and pain, you might have chronic tinnitus. If you recall receiving trauma to your head or neck before developing tinnitus, check out the blogs below to learn more about the relationship between tinnitus and the upper cervical spine.