Do you experience ringing in your ears or any other sounds- buzzing, whistling, roaring, humming? You may have tinnitus, this is actually a symptom and not a disease in itself. The symptom is a problem in a person’s hearing system, which includes the ears and the brain. Tinnitus affects about 7% of the population and can be present in one or both ears. 

The symptom “tinnitus” can be due to a variety of causes. There is not one specific disease that is responsible for tinnitus. This ringing noise may simply be due to ear wax, or a more sinister cause such as damage to the hearing nerve. However, a link between exposures to loud noises has been noted. The most common causes include: loud sounds, stress or trauma, Meniere’s disease, side effect of medications, structural issues within the ear itself, TMJ (jaw) disorders, and head or neck injuries.

What are the risk factors of Tinnitus (ear ringing)?

  • Exposure to loud noises- damage to small sensory hair cells in your ear that convey sound from your ear to brain.
  • Males are more likely to experience tinnitus.
  • Ageing reduces the amount of nerve fibres that function properly within.
  • Smokers are more likely to experience tinnitus.

Some complications associated with the presence of tinnitus include; fatigue, stress, sleep problems, difficulty concentrating, memory issues, depression and anxiety. 

What treatment is available?

The actual cause of the symptom (tinnitus) must be sorted out, in order to initiate treatment and relieve you of the tinnitus. If it is earwax causing, then removal of the earwax will alleviate or decrease tinnitus symptoms. Changing medications that have this particular side effect. If the tinnitus is a result of whiplash or due to cervical joints (most commonly the suboccipital joint), then chiropractic adjustments or mobilisations could be indicated.

Here at Lakeside Chiropractic in Perth’s northern suburbs, our chiropractors may assist in your diagnosis of tinnitus, considering the cause is within our scope of practice. After identifying the exact cause of your tinnitus our chiropractors use a variety of treatment modalities best suited to you and your needs. This includes chiropractic adjustments, mobilisations, soft tissue therapy, dry needling, trigger point therapy, interferential, ultrasound, specific rehabilitative exercises and stretches, education and advice on lifestyle factors.

Located in Joondalup – Perth, Lakeside Chiropractic is central to northern suburbs- Iluka - 6028, Connolly - 6027, Ocean Reef – 6027, Burns Beach – 6028, Currambine – 6028, Wanneroo – 6065 , Tapping - 6065, Carramar – 6065, Hillarys - 6025, Padbury – 6025, Kallaroo – 6025, Woodvale – 6026, Kingsley - 6026 and Edgewater - 6027. 
Call us on 9300 0095 or visit our website www.lakesidechiro.com.au to book an appointment and see one of our friendly chiropractors. With HICAPS on site, we can claim immediately from your Private Health fund so no running around for you. We are a Medibank preferred provider but can also process BUPA, HIF, police and nurses, HBF, CU Health, health.com.au, NIB, Teacher’s Union, AHM plus much more. Just ask when booking your appointment.

 

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