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What Is Tinnitus

Tinnitus is a condition where you hear ringing, buzzing, or other noises in your ears when there is actually no sound present.  It’s a very common condition, and reportedly affects 15-20% of the total population, and is more common as we get older.  More severe forms occur in approximately 2% of the population.  Over 40% of sufferers report having symptoms most or all the time.

Though not considered a disease in and of itself, instead it’s a condition that points to problems in the auditory (hearing) system.  Tinnitus has been linked to hearing loss, and can be the first sign that your auditory system isn’t functioning properly.

What Causes Tinnitus

  • Ear or sinus infections
  • Loud noise
  • Blast trauma
  • Thyroid disfunction
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Ear injury
  • Earwax blockage
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Hormone imbalances
  • Age related hearing loss
  • Prescription drugs
  • TMJ dysfunction
  • Auto immune disease
  • Whiplash
  • Head or neck injury

Tinnitus Symptoms

  • Noises in the ears, including buzzing, clicking, hissing, roaring, whooshing
  • Pulsing in the ears is known as Pulsatile Tinnitus
  • Hearing loss
  • Dizziness

The symptoms can be worse in one ear, and can seem worse at night when surrounding noise levels decrease. The noises can be different pitches at different times, can come and go, and can change at a moment’s notice.

Tinnitus Diagnosis

Your doctor will ask you about your symptoms, their severity and duration, and will ask for a detailed health history.  They may perform a physical exam of your head, neck, and ears.

To help determine the underlying cause(s), your doctor may order lab tests to rule out thyroid issues, hormone imbalances, anemia, or heart disease.  They may also order other tests, including a hearing test, a CT scan or MRI or refer your to an Ear, Nose, & Throat Specialist for further testing.

Tinnitus Treatment

Treatment involves determining and addressing the underlying cause(s).  Your doctor may change your medications if they are found to be causing the symptoms.

Other things that help people cope with the symptoms include

  • using sound generators or white noise machines to mask the sounds
  • wearing hearing aids
  • acoustic neural stimulation, which helps to desensitize the brain to the tinnitus
  • anti depressants
  • anti anxiety meds
  • counseling
  • relaxation techniques
  • retraining therapy

Recommended lifestyle changes to help ease the symptoms

  • cut down on caffeine and alcohol,
  • get more sleep,
  • avoid noisy environments,
  • stop smoking.

CranioSacral Therapy For Tinnitus

CranioSacral Therapy is gentle, and can help in cases of Tinnitus that relate to strain patterns in the meningeal membrane system that wrap the brain and spinal cord.  These are fascial layers, which just like muscles or tendons, can develop strain patterns, or become injured from trauma.

When there are strain patterns present in the meningeal membranes, CranioSacral Therapy can help release them, so your nervous system and hearing can function more optimally.  CST can also prove helpful when Tinnitus is being cause by TMJ dysfunction.

If the underlying health conditions have been treated, and yet you’re not getting the results you desire through normal medical channels, CranioSacral Therapy may prove helpful.

An experienced CranioSacral Therapist will be able to assess for and release strain patterns and TMJ dysfunction that could be underlying contributors to your symptoms.

Benefits Of CranioSacral Therapy For Tinnitus

CranioSacral Therapy has been helpful in many cases of Tinnitus, helping people get back to living more productive and enjoyable daily lives.

As with all therapies and protocols, each person responds differently with the use of CranioSacral Therapy.  Health status, chronic disease, medications, previous illnesses, and previous injuries are all factors in outcomes.  Please call for a complimentary consultation to discuss your particulars and goals.