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Improving tinnitus symptoms with chiropractic adjustments

According to the American Tinnitus Association, “tinnitus is the perception of sound when no actual external noise is present. While it is commonly referred to as “ringing in the ears,” tinnitus can manifest many different perceptions of sound, including buzzing, hissing, whistling, swooshing, and clicking.”

It is thought that almost 15% of Americans suffer from some form of tinnitus.

No one seems to be quite sure what the cause of tinnitus is, but it is most often associated with hearing loss.

Traditionally tinnitus is treated  with changes to diet and lifestyle, the use of hearing aids, behavioral therapy, use of antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications, and electromagnetic stimulation, but none of these treatments have been found to definitively improve or cure tinnitus symptoms.

Improving Tinnitus with chiropractic

It is not often offered as an option by the medical community, but chiropractic has been found repeatedly to help with symptoms of tinnitus.

One 2002 study  showed the improvement and resolution of bilateral ear pain, tinnitus, vertigo, altered or decreased hearing acuity, and headaches in a 41 year old woman after 9 visits to a chiropractor.

A case study from the March 2012 Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research showed how one “52  year  old  male  presented  to  the  office  with  a  previous  diagnosis  of <a href="" > Meniere’s disease  and associated  symptoms  of  tinnitus,  sensations  of  fullness  in  the  left  ear,  vertigo,  tension  headaches,  right  mid-back  and scapular pain along with other musculoskeletal complaints.”

He decided to seek out a chiropractor and “after the first adjustment, the patient   noted   a   minor   reduction   in   tinnitus. After 4 adjustments, and 5 weeks of care, his subjective feedback demonstrated an improvement of about 60% and a significant reduction of musculoskeletal complaints.”

Another case study from 2014 shows the positive results of a 46 year old female with neck pain, tinnitus, and hearing loss who was treated with cervical spinal manipulation. She had been unsuccessfully treated medically for 8 months when she decided to see a chiropractor. “After 3 chiropractic adjustments, her hearing and associated symptoms were significantly improved. She received 12 treatments over a 4-month period. When asked to rate her hearing and fullness sensation in the ear on a Patient Specific Functional Scale with a 0-10 measure, where 0 is no deficits and 10 is completely impaired, initially she rated her symptoms as 7, and 5 months after the conclusion of care, her rating dropped to 1. Following treatment her audiogram was normal.”