One of the symptoms of cervical osteochondrosis is noise, ringing and sometimes pain in the ears. In this case, the patient's noise is accompanied by hypersensitivity to sounds. Chronic noise becomes a patient with osteochondrosis slow torture. Such people can not fully rest, they have irritability, reduced efficiency. Quite often, people suffering from these unpleasant symptoms are depressed.
Noise in the ears may provoke other causes:
- Violations of the auditory nerve as a result of head injuries.
- Atherosclerosis of cerebral vessels( noise causes a pulsating blood flow).
- Neuroses, overwork, exhaustion.
- Acute viral infections.
- Inflammatory diseases.
Therefore, before proceeding to treatment of osteochondrosis, it is necessary to undergo examination and find out the real cause.
The cause of noise in the ears
Tinnitus with osteochondrosis occurs due to deterioration of blood circulation. Cervical vertebrae are very mobile and carry a heavy load. Therefore, the wear of intervertebral discs in the cervical region is faster.
With degenerative changes in the cervical vertebrae, painful muscular compaction appears. Deformed intervertebral discs squeeze the blood vessels( artery, vein) and sympathetic nerve, passing through the lumens of the cervical spine. Vessels supply blood to the vestibular apparatus and inner ear. With violations in the cervical spine, blood vessels narrow.
The compression of the neuromuscular bundle leads to disruption of the arterial blood supply to the brain and venous congestion. There are atherosclerotic symptoms. Nerve cells that are responsible for hearing do not receive enough signals from the brain. Because of this, they emit their own signals in the same rhythm continuously. As a result of these processes, noise occurs.
A patient other than tinnitus can feel:
- Often increase in blood pressure
- Vision disorder( shroud, midges)
- Pain in the neck, occiput, temples
- Memory impairment
- Sleep disturbance.
After the cessation of attacks of headaches, the patient often restores hearing and vision, noise and ringing in the ears disappear.
The causes of ringing in the ears
Noise in the ear with osteochondrosis can be accompanied by a ring( tinnitus), which is also a concomitant symptom of the disease. Often the sound is combined with a bang and buzz. Normally, if ringing in the ear is temporary temporary( physiological ringing).If the ringing is permanent, it indicates a hearing impairment or a violation of the transmission of nerve impulses to the brain.
In addition to cervical osteochondrosis, ringing in the ears can also cause such reasons:
- Sharp sounds.
- Abuse of nicotine, caffeine, energy drinks.
- Use of certain antibiotics and aspirin.
- Head and ear injuries. Heart & Vessel Diseases.
- Diabetes mellitus, kidney disease.
With cervical osteochondrosis, the ringing is combined with dizziness. Unlike other diseases accompanied by similar symptoms( atherosclerosis, inflammatory diseases of the ear) with osteochondrosis appear:
- pain in the neck;
- "stars" in the eyes;
- vision impairment at dusk;
- pain in the temples and occiput.
All these symptoms increase with head movements. Pain in the ears may occur in the morning after a night's sleep.
Treatment and prevention of tinnitus with osteochondrosis
Before treatment, check the condition of the hearing organs and the presence of diseases that can provoke noise, ringing and pain in the ears. If the cause of the noise is the osteochondrosis of the cervical spine, an appropriate therapy is prescribed that includes:
- exercise therapy.
In order to prevent tinnitus with cervical osteochondrosis, it is recommended to massage the neck area, neck and head and perform a set of exercises aimed at restoring the mobility of the cervical vertebrae, stretching and strengthening the muscles of the neck.
Experts recommend doing self-massage of the neck in any free time. Especially if the professional activity of a person forces most of the time to be in a sitting position. Self-massage is performed with two hands from the base to the head. Pressing on the strained and painful muscles, you should perform circular movements. Such simple massage movements improve blood circulation.
There is a simple exercise that will help prevent tinnitus. It is necessary to present a pencil in the teeth and output figures from 0 to 10 slowly in the air.
Only 2-3 times a day of such self-massage and exercises can improve the condition, reduce muscle tension, prevent unpleasant symptoms and pain.
And we recommend reading about physiotherapy with osteochondrosis.