Affecting an estimated 40-50 million Americans, tinnitus is one of the most common hearing-related health problems. Most people brush the condition off as nothing more than a “ringing in the ear,” but tinnitus comes in many different forms and may lead to premature hearing loss. The bottom line is that individuals need to take action now to reduce the severity of their condition while protecting themselves from hearing loss. Keep reading to learn more about tinnitus and how chiropractic care may offer some relief for this condition.
Let’s start by going over the basics of tinnitus, as some people are likely ‘hearing’ about it for the first time. It’s a common assumption that tinnitus is a disease, but in reality it’s a hearing condition in which the individual hears a constant (or temporary) sound that’s not really present. The most common sound reported by individuals suffering from tinnitus is ringing, although others have reported buzzing, hissing, swooshing, drums, beeping, etc.
To put the reach of tinnitus into perspective, it’s believed that 1 in 5 people between the ages of 55 and 65 suffer from this condition. Tinnitus is more common in the elderly, but it may still present itself in younger adults and children as well.
Medical practitioners believe tinnitus is caused from a number of different reasons. Individuals with neurological disorders may experience ‘ghost’ signals which tell their brain that a specific sound is present. The person hears a sound in his or her ear even though it’s not really there. Constant exposure to loud noises is another contributing factor for tinnitus. Construction workers, airplane pilots and music industry professionals are all susceptible to developing the condition simply because they are constantly exposed to loud noises. Tinnitus typically doesn’t show up out of the blue, but rather progressively develops over the course of several years.
Being aware of the noise level in your surroundings is one step towards preventing tinnitus. Rather than sitting on the first row at music concert, perhaps you could sit farther back. If you enjoy target practice at the gun shooting range, make sure you wear ear plugs to protect your hearing. These are all simple steps you can take to better protect yourself from developing tinnitus.
You might be surprised to learn that malnutrition is a known cause of tinnitus. A vitamin B12 deficiency, in particular, plays a key role in the development of tinnitus. Make sure you are eating a healthy, well-balanced diet with plenty of vegetables, whole grains and lean meats. Avoid diets based around highly processed foods which contain large amounts of sodium, fat and sugar.
If you are suffering from tinnitus, you should consult with your chiropractor for more information on treating the condition. Some people have reported success through manual manipulations and adjustments, others have cured their tinnitus through lifestyle changes. Although tinnitus doesn’t cause any serious medical conditions or complications, it can still reduce your overall quality of life.
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