I’ve had a lot of people ask me the question, can tinnitus come from neck injuries? Actually, from my experience, in 25 years, is almost every case I have seen, of tinnitus, has resulted from a neck injury. Sometimes weeks, months, most of the time years ago. In the case with tinnitus, dizziness, even loss of hearing, if you’ve heard of Ménière’s disease, that’s the triad of all three. Dizziness, ringing in the ears and loss of hearing.
There’s one nerve that’s called the vestibular cochlear nerve, that comes off the brain stem at the upper part of the neck and it goes to the ear where it splits into two branches. There’s a vestibular branch, which is your balance and there’s a cochlear branch, which is your hearing.
What we have found is, if you have some sort of an injury, an accident, a sport’s injury, we have a lot of people post-concussion syndromes, and what’s happened is there’s something that causes the head to stop or the body to keep going, or the body to stop and the head keeps going. Anyway, something misaligned one of the top bones in the neck.
Over time what that did was, it put pressure on that brain stem, and over time that pressure built up to the point where it was interfering with the messages from the ear to the brain.
Most of the time in this situation you would have been to an ENT or medical doctor, and they would have checked the inner ear and it usually shows the inner ear’s okay. There’s nothing wrong with the ear itself, but somehow the message between the brain and the ear is getting distorted.
If that bone at the top of the neck is misaligned, from that injury, then it starts to interfere with the message from the ear to the brain. So, there’s two branches and it can interfere with one or both.
If it’s the vestibular part, then that would throw off your balance and could give you the dizziness, vertigo. If it’s the cochlear part, then that can interfere with your hearing, which can create an altered sounds, altered sensations, such as the case with tinnitus or a diminished overall hearing.
This can be a slow process, it can be a quick process. Depending on what degree the misalignment happened and the severity, and how long it’s been there. Over time we typically see these things do not get better without correcting or removing the pressure that’s there at that nerve.
If you can do that, then, then we’ll see the normal messages from the ear arriving to the brain unimpeded, thus you have normal hearing, normal balance, no ringing in the ears, no tinnitus, no dizziness, vertigo, and normal hearing.
We’ve been doing this for 25 years and we’ve had people come from all over the country for help with neck injuries that have resulted in tinnitus, vertigo, dizziness. So if you have tinnitus or dizziness or loss of hearing, if you live in the Charlotte area, we’re the upper surgical doctors for you. If not, find another cervical doctor near you.
Let them go in and check you. Usually within the first visit, they can do an evaluation to determine if you have pressure at the brain stem that could be creating your tinnitus or your dizziness.
If you live in the Charlotte area, we’re the office for you. If you live in Pineville, Matthews. Rock Hill, Fort Mill, Huntersville, Cornelius, Gastonia, Belmont, we’re the office for you. Give our office a call at 704-588-5560. We never charge for the initial visit, for the consultation.
We never charge for the consultation, to find out what your needs are. If it’s something we believe we can help you with, we’ll explain that, and we’ll tell you what we need to do to go further. If it’s not something we think we can help you with, I promise you, we’ll try to find someone else that can help you. Okay?
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