In the last 3 years we have seen a large increase in vertigo and tinnitus caused by middle ear pressure cases. Some have been related to allergies while others have been related to a chronic upper respiratory virus. The inflammation of mucus membranes leads to the closing off of the eustachian tube, which is what drains the middle ear. When the Eustachian tube is blocked it causes pressure to build in the middle ear leading vertigo and sometimes even tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in ear). If the cause is related to a virus, the symptoms could last for months as the body
works to overcome the virus. If the cause is related to an allergy it responds well to alternative care. The past 5 years we have been perfecting an allergy technique which can reverse the effects of the allergy, allowing the eustachian tube to open again. In most cases this technique actually alleviates the allergy completely in 1 visit. The technique uses specific allergen samples to test for reaction to suspected allergens. The test is performed by grouping specific types of allergens such as tree pollens in one treatment and food allergens in another. Multiple allergens in one group can all be treated together. Such as if we find a reaction to oak and maple tree pollens, we can correct both allergies in one treatment. For cases that are viral we can see relief by performing spinal manipulations and massage that can temporarily dilate the Eustachian tube, hopefully allowing the pressure to release. Home care consists of moist compresses over the ear to help dilate the eustachian tube, zinc, Vitamin C, and Vitamin D supplementation to help fight the virus.
Middle ear pressure that has become chronic can have a secondary bacterial infection associated with it. These cases can be serious and usually present with fever and severe pain around the ear. It is important to seek healthcare attention for any ear pain associated with fever.
Benign Positional Vertigo
Benign Positional Vertigo is a very common cause of vertigo in the absence of middle ear pressure. This condition is believed to be caused by crystal formation in the fluid of the inner ear. Within the inner ear we have circular canals filled with fluid oriented in the X, Y, and Z axis. When we move the fluid shifts within the canals and receptor hairs sense the movement and relay the information to the brain. When crystals form in the inner ear they can lay on these hair sensors telling us we are moving when we are not, resulting in Vertigo. In many instances relief can be obtained by seeking out a healthcare practitioner that specializes in the maneuvers that will dislodge the crystal. Many Physical Therapists and Chiropractors are trained in these techniques.