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Tinnitus? Check the Neck!

17 years ago I began experiencing a peculiar ringing sound in my ear. It was faint, but high-pitched. I wouldn’t really notice it unless I was in a silent room.

It wasn’t awful; just persistent. Cracking a window or turning on a fan easily drowned out the noise. But I always wondered what was causing it, and what could be done to help.

Later on, I began receiving a specialized form of chiropractic adjustment known as Upper Cervical Care. I started to notice an interesting trend… Soon after each of my adjustments, the ringing in my ear settled down. I could sit in a completely silent room and actually enjoy the silence!

So I did some research and found the results of a German study in the International Tinnitus Journal saying that tinnitus is a symptom of injury to the upper cervical spine. According to their research, tinnitus can disappear after “operative correction and stabilization of the articular geometry.”

Wordy, I know. In a way, they’re suggesting that when the head is properly balanced or realigned with the neck, ringing of the ears can be fixed… After experiencing it first hand through Upper Cervical chiropractic care, I realized how right they were!

Since that time, I’ve watched a number of tinnitus patients improve under care. While not every type of “ear ringing” has an origin in the neck, Upper Cervical Care is a painless procedure that shows promise, and may prove to be an effective alternative to medication and surgery.

White Noise Helps Too

One way to dampen the relentless ringing of tinnitus is to use a white noise machine. The soothing sound of rushing air can be very effective at night time or when you’re trying to work in a quiet room.

The best white noise machine I’ve found is the Marpac Dohm-DH Sound Conditioner.

Do Vitamins Provide Tinnitus Relief?

It’s worth noting that in a 1993 study from the American Journal of Otolaryngology, people with tinnitus and hearing loss had a statistically greater Vitamin B-12 deficiency than people with only hearing loss. Taking Vitamin B-12 supplements reduced tinnitus symptoms in some of the study participants. Here’s a good Vitamin B-12 supplement.

More recent studies are finding promising outcomes for supplements that can help patients with neurological damage. The journal of Stem Cell Research & Therapy found that aromatic turmerones positively effect stem cells, which play an important role in self-repair and recovery of brain function. So consider taking this supplement.

The importance of magnesium in DNA repair and tissue healing should not be neglected. If you’re interested in trying a magnesium supplement, Magnesium L-Threonate has been shown to be well-absorbed and easy on the stomach.

Additional Resources

Recent studies show that much of we thought we knew about tinnitus might not be true at all. New research reveals what you can do to eliminate (or greatly reduce) the severity of your tinnitus. The book “Take Control of Your Tinnitus: Here’s How” written by Neil Bauman explains what causes tinnitus and discusses available options that can help you bring your tinnitus under control. You can also check out his other popular books from the Center for Hearing Loss Help.

If all else fails, there’s a program currently being sold online called Tinnitus Freedom that may interest you as a last resort. I’ve never tried it. It could very well be a marketing ruse, but feel free to share your experience in the comments section if you’ve experimented with it.