The term “whiplash” usually brings to mind neck pain, headaches, and/or a stiff neck. However, there are other symptoms associated with whiplash that we don’t usually think of, such as ringing in the ears or tinnitus. In the absence of whiplash, there are many people who experience an occasional ringing or sound of some sort in their ears. The ringing may seem to keep time with their heartbeat or in cadence with their breathing and is more common over the age of 40 and among men. The sound can be a buzzing, ringing, roaring, hissing, or high pitched noise that usually lasts only seconds or minutes at the most. So, think of those times when you’ve noticed tinnitus and ask yourself, “…how would that affect me if that noise never stopped or lasted for hours?”
Before we discuss the association of tinnitus with whiplash, let’s review some facts about tinnitus. There are two primary types of tinnitus: pulsatile and non-pulsatile. Pulsatile tinnitus is often caused by sounds created either by blood flow problems in the face or neck, muscle movements near the ear, or changes in the ear canal. The non-pulsatile tinnitus is usually caused by nerve problems involving hearing in one or both ears. The latter is sometimes described as a sound coming from inside the head. The most common cause of tinnitus is from age-related hearing loss – technically called presbycusis. However, it can also result from living or working in a loud environment. Tinnitus can occur with many types of hearing loss and can be a symptom of almost any ear disorder. Other common causes include earwax buildup, certain medication side effects (aspirin, antibiotics), too much caffeine or alcohol intake, ear infections – which can lead to rupture of the eardrum, dental problems, TMJ or jaw problems, following surgery or radiation therapy to the head or neck, a rapid change in environmental pressure (airplane rides, elevators, scuba diving), severe weight loss from malnutrition or dieting, bicycle riding with the neck extended for lengthy time frames, high blood pressure, nerve conditions (MS, migraine headache), as well as other conditions such as acoustic neuroma, anemia, labyrinthitis, Meniere’s disease, otosclerosis, and thyroid disease. The good news is that most of the time, tinnitus comes and goes and does not require treatment. When tinnitus is associated with other symptoms, does not get better or go away, or is in only one ear, it is wise to consult with a doctor of chiropractic. Spinal manipulation and other chiropractic treatment approaches are often VERY helpful in resolving tinnitus with the benefits of avoiding the need for medications, all of which carry secondary side effects. Chiropractic approaches are also highly effective when tinnitus is accompanied by dizziness or vertigo, usually requiring treatment applied to the upper neck area.
So, how does whiplash cause tinnitus? There are primary as well as secondary causes that can give rise to tinnitus after whiplash. After looking at the long list of causes above, direct trauma to the head such as hitting the side window, the back of the seat, the steering wheel, mirror and/or windshield makes obvious sense. Secondary causes often involve the TMJ or jaw which is commonly injured in whiplash. By itself, TMJ can cause ear pain, tinnitus, vertigo (dizziness), hearing loss, and headaches. Because many nerves that innervate the neck and head arise from the neck as well as from the cranial nerves, spinal manipulation of the neck as well as certain cranial manipulations can have a dramatic benefit in treatment of whiplash induced tinnitus.Tinnitus can be helped with chiropractic treatment.
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I'm trying to watch without sound because my ringing is loud today. I was diagnosed with either meniers or migrainal vertigo. I really don't care, but all my problems stem from Meningitis as a baby which lead to tinnitus in my left ear and hearing loss. There's alot to the story, but could a chiropractor still help even if my problems have been with me most of my life? I'd give anything for a ringing free day.
Hi. I think i have the same problem.sorry for the english. I always hear a ringing sound somewhere in my ears and in my head sometimes when ringing gets louder then suddenly i feel dizziness and losing a little bit my balance,it feels really strange and sometimes i get panick.I went to the doctor lastweek and gave me amoxicillin.but it seems that my dizziness doesnt go away.she think that i have some sinus infection.What should i do ?
+Warwick Chiropractic & Massage doctor these are exacly the same symptoms my mum has they have irrigated her ears but to no help they haveput her on fluconazole i dont know how many times they have given her sinus medication but to no help at all and she is diabetic and has hbp may and everytime she takes meds she complains that her heart is weak
I get this high pitches sound in my left ear , the doctor in Singapore prescribed me some kind of meditation for two weeks I'll have to do an MRI if the sound doesn't go away, I'm not sure about this doctor, shall I do it ? Or see another doctor?
I'm a 14 year old girl and yesterday I was in the bathroom looking in the mirror, all of a sudden I started get dizzy, feeling like I need to throw up. I then got out of the bathroom and started walking funny until I made it to my bed, Hoping that it'll go away. There was a ringing in my ears like a flash bang went off. It lasted for 5 minutes, then for the last 30 seconds there was like a static noise. Is this normal, it just happened yesterday for the first time
Hello, Doctor I just experienced earlier today i was at my boyfriends house and all the sudden I got really dizzy, and my boyfriend kept asking if I was ok but it seemed as if I could hardly hear him. I started having ringing in my ears and I was trying 2 walk 2 his bed 2 lay down and I almost collapsed
as if I was about 2 pass out. I did finally make it 2 the bed and I layed down and it all went away after a few mins and i still have a headache from it and right after it happened I almost threw up. I'm only 18 but could I possibly have this problem?
After my mother acquired vertigo and dealt with a fall and concussion, the prescribed medicine from the doctor only made her tired and nauseous. The dizziness vertigo treatment “great joko space” (Google it) was the procedure that took away her dizziness forever.
My left ear has been ringing loud, high pitched, constant, for last 2 days. I have impacted ear wax, I used softener multiple times, and it seems to have pushed it deeper into my ear. This sucks so bad.
How strange. I have just gotten the pulse tinnitus. Figuring this out with my dentist tomorrow as I have a numb face too from previous dental work. AND you are local to me. How strange. I'll keep you in mind if I need a new chrio
Yea well I'm 29 freaking years old! And i have tinnitus, and now i wear hearings aids , because from some miracle divine i have Severe hearing loss. sorry i just had to say that.. What could be more worse than this... Ohh Also, I'm seeing a Chiropractor now, because i was in a car crash... I was T-boned a month ago, and my car was totaled. Go figure i go to a hearing aid check up appointment... I wonder if this could of been prevented if i more aware I.E, heard the car come out.
Tsarevena Hilda _ Simply put is that the nerves in upper cervical spine may have pressure on them affecting ringing, balance , vertigo, tinnitus, etc. Areas that a chiropractor typically looks at are Atlas, Axis and Occiput. The atlas bone can be corrected in 21 directions. Hope that helps.
i have experience severe neck pains, back pains, headache, ear pain and nausea at time. I had a CT scan and an MIR performed.
the results of the MRI were "Significant thickening of the posterior atlantoaxial ligament complex with minimal
irregularity of the adjacent posterior aspect of the dens and indentation of the ventral cord at this level. This may be aggravated dynamically resulting in neurological symptoms."
the doctors told me that something is wrong with my c1 and c2, the suggested i wear a collar but it just makes the pain worse.
i tested negative for Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
I use to go for physio, but my orthopedic surgeon told me to stop,
I (25y, M) do have several symptoms which started one month after the upper and lower wisdom teeth on the right have been removed. I have these symptoms 3 months now and I don't know what I should do.
Symptoms are constant dizziness, high pitch ear ringing on the left (24/7) also started to ring on the right ear, pulsatile tinnitus in the left ear while physically active - also, it feels like the inner of my left ear is moist. I have inner unrest, a weird feeling in my head, forehead and nasal area (feels like pressure) when symtomps get stronger. Oftenly when I try to sleep, I have that weird feeling in my head, especially when almost asleep. Sometimes it is so intense, that I can't concentrate. Whenever I am lying on my bed, I am touching my chest and it feels like my heart is flickering. Also, it seems that the lymph nodes on my throat are still swollen from the teeth extraction.
I went to the doctor and gave him a long list of symptoms - he made a blood test and a ct scan of the sinus areas has been made, too - without any findings. The doctor then said I have anxiety disorder that needs to be treated with antidepressants and psychotherapy. I refuse to believe, that these symptoms are due to mental issues.
I will now go to a ENT-Specialist, I hope I can get more objectivity of my situation.
A year ago i was diagnosed with a cervical herniated disk on C5-C6 level and i had a lot of symptoms including vertigo, ear ringing, numbness in the left hand going to the little finger, heart arrhythmias, cold hands. I don`t have to mention that my life was severely damaged due to this condition.
Now, 70% of problems are gone, including the severe vertigo, arrhytmias along with the hand numbness, but almost everyday i still have ear ringing/buzzing and a sort of dizziness. It`s not a vertigo that i used to have but some sort off dizziness that does not affect me much(as the vertigo used to do) but still it`s present and it bothers me.
Can you give me some advice what to do to get rid of this condition?
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