Another name for constant ringing or noise in the ears is tinnitus. It is one of the most common health conditions in the USA. Fifteen percent of Americans struggle with the problem of tinnitus. This is especially problematic for those that have had trauma to the head.
Why Does Tinnitus Happen?
Anything that interferes with the way we hear can cause tinnitus. The way that sound travels to our brain is through the ear. The sound vibrates against the eardrum and three small bones called the ossicles. The ear contains fluid that moves and sends signals to the brain. It is a very amazing, detailed process. When you experience tinnitus, something is interfering with this process. Things as simple as excess ear wax or as serious as a tumor can be to blame.
Another area that cannot be ignored is the upper neck. Researchers have seen a link between such a misalignment and tinnitus. They have used Doppler ultrasound to measure the flow of blood in each ear. They discovered that the blood supply that flows to the ear comes from the vertebral arteries. These arteries pass through the bones in the neck. The theory they are going on is that a misalignment in the upper neck can impair this blood flow. If a major difference is seen in the blood flow speeds between the right ear and left ear, tinnitus can be a result.
How Tinnitus Is Treated?
Treatments for tinnitus are varied and unreliable. Medications and hearing aids are some of the options. These have mixed results among those that have tried them. Something that has seen some success is treatment by an upper cervical chiropractor. In fact, the first patient of the chiropractic practice back in 1895 was a deaf janitor who began to regain his hearing after he received an adjustment!
Upper cervical chiropractors, such as Dr. Kyrie Kleinfelter of St. Charles, Illinois, are specially trained to examine the bones in the upper area of the neck. These bones are vital to blood flow and nervous system function. They play a big part in overall health. Upper cervical chiropractors use specific tests and x-rays to see if you actually have a misalignment. Only then will they give you an adjustment and only if absolutely necessary. Why not go see Dr. Kleinfelter as soon as you can?
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Dr. Kyrie Kleinfelter and Associates of 1st Place Chiropractic of St. Charles Illinois are St. Charles Chiropractors and Upper Cervical Specialists trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Their upper cervical clinic also serves Geneva, Elgin, Wheaton and Batavia. 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 for children and adults, including chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and autoimmune disorders. More information can be found on their website at 1stplacechiropractic.com.