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Tinnitus- why this symptom is so common in patients with cervical instability

Ross Hauser, MD discusses the neurology behind why many individuals with cervical instability complain of tinnitus.

Learn our article that additional explores tinnitus and different ear signs associated to ligamentous instability of the cervical backbone:

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  • When I lost my high pitch hearing i lost the nerves in my ears! That's why my tinnitus is terminal and Chronic.

  • Good explanation! Something mechanical can be my root cause as well. Right after a month as Tinnitus appeared at right side, my neck is piched terribly. With some carefull streches now is OK, sos-so. No hurting pain at least. But it taken months. I have high pitch constant buzz at right side. but neck pinched at left side somewhere C3. It also experienced temporary pause in my Tinnitus in the firts copuple of weeks right afert boxing exercise. Shacking the head at each punch. So some mechanical problem, sure, with aging-I feell cracking at C1 as well in the last couple of year.

  • Shotgun shooting at 12 yrs, 67 now. Ears have rang, high pitch with some flux now and then, constantly. Was told I have conduction deafness back in the 70`s, have not seen a Dr bout hearing since. Always thought or taught it was irreversible nerve damage. Yeah or Neah?

  • I was taught the proper pronunciation of tinnitus by an audiologist is with accent on the first syllable — TIN uh tis — not tuh NIGH tus with accent on the second syllable. When you think about it, tinnitus is not an “itis” which is inflammation or enlargement.

  • Sir I am having Tinnitus since 3 months. I have consulted 3-4 ENT’s, There are various view points- It is related to Cold n Cough, Nerve weakness, or Unknown reason. Even I have tried the prescribed medicines but no effects.
    Also, I was having Cervical issue/Muscles spasm issues few months back (from March to October 2021). When this issue got relieved then Tinnitus got started in November 2021 in LEFT EAR only.
    Since last few days, I am experiencing Tinnitus in Right ear as well and which ever side I sleep I feel different sound with varying intensity.
    Please help what I need to do and what is the root cause?

  • I don't live in your country. When I go looking for help here, what and who should I look for and what do I tell them I want? I have many symptoms including numbness and dull acne to one side of the flap at the back of my throat. Speech has noticeably requires an apparently more effort than it did year ago and I can't have a long or loud conversation. My voice breaks and I feel frustrated and silly.

  • With tinnitus, I've been so lucky. Until my 50s, it was always only ever a low grade whooshing sound with intermittent spells of more bothersome ringing that never lasted too long and intermittent accusations of suffering from selective hearing. Lol. From childhood thru 30s, hearing tests always confirmed that I have excellent hearing. Meanwhile, from a very early age, I insisted on sleeping with a fan blowing in the room for white noise, even in winter. In my teens, I went to work at a fast food joint where the radio was constantly playing and there was a constant sizzling noise f/all the fried foods not to mention the constantly crackling customer order speaker. Hearing issues, especially sound sensitivity, got a little worse, but nothing too bad. Then, in my early 50s, I started getting ear aches. They got severe enough that I was sure there was infection. Three times I went to my Primary Care Physician who would have a look, pat me on the head, and send me home like a good little hypochondriac. Finally, one day I saw his PA who took it more seriously. He tried a few things that didn't work, then sent me to a specialist. The specialist couldn't find anything wrong, either. Suddenly, I had an idea. I'd had other neck issues, so asked if severe neck tension could be causing my earache. He said definitely yes! Now, for ALL my neck related issues, I do a lot of stretch, strengthening, and self-massage exercises to relieve neck & shoulder tension and improve posture. Some of my other neck & ear issues include: intermittent sound sensitivity (hyperacusis - pink noise may help?) including, once after an evening at a loud concert, sound distortions; hearing my own heartbeat, temporarily relieved by moving my head/neck until I find a quiet position; TOS (thoracic outlet syndrome - I found exercises on YouTube that directly address TOS after, yet again, doctors didn't want to address it); tension headaches; occasional mild dizziness; and, weirdest of all, brachioradial pruritis. MRI of neck spine has shown nothing majorly wrong with the bones, just the beginnings of a little fusion in one spot. Instead, all these issues seem to be about poor posture, tension, repetitive use injuries (like wielding a sledge hammer to do demolition work or painting the kitchen without taking a break), and the same occupational hazards suffered by most who have a desk job and forget to take breaks. Acupuncture has helped at times, sort of. That rare massage therapist who really listens was helping before she moved to Mexico. She not only provided symptom relief, but also educated me about tendinosis, muscle tension, and sticky facia. Sounds a little fru fru, but don't knock it! Some physical therapy has helped. A big help came from the following web site: I purchased their Neck Track and some balls of various sizes and densities. I've also gotten GREAT balls at the Dollar Store! I kept experimenting. I found videos for such things as ulnar nerve flossing and other weird stuff, a lot of which actually does help. One example: I have a sock into which I've inserted a WalMart regulation "soft ball" (it's not really soft), then another, smaller ball (that is really soft) that I purchased from deeprecovery. I stack them like a snowman, using the sock to keep them aligned, then I lay on my side on a floor mat and position the side of my neck such that it's resting on that smaller, softer ball. The bigger, harder ball elevates it so that it can reach my neck. Using the weight of my head to push my neck into the snowman, I can then massage those hard to reach areas on my neck and at the base of my skull. That's just one example. This is SUCH a long comment, but offered in the hope that it helps others, especially those in rural areas with limited access to medical providers. Mostly, just don't give up. Validating, educational posts like this from Caring Medical are SO helpful and encouraging. Hang in there!

  • Matthew 7:21-27
    21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
    22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works?
    23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: Depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
    24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
    25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
    26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
    27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

    Matthew 7:13-14
    13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
    14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

    1 Corinthians 10:1-14
    1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;
    2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
    3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat;
    4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
    5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
    6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.
    7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
    8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.
    9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.
    10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed by the destroyer.
    11 Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
    12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
    13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
    14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.