February 19, 2024

Tinnitus (In-Ear Ringing) and Hearing Impairment & Cranial Facial Release (CFR)

If you're one of the millions of people who struggle with the constant ringing, buzzing, or muffled sounds of tinnitus or hearing impairment, you know how frustrating and debilitating these conditions can be.

You've probably tried everything from white noise machines to medication, but nothing seems to provide lasting relief. That's where Cranial Facial Release (CFR) comes in - a gentle, non-invasive technique that's gaining attention for its potential to address the root causes of auditory issues.

What is Cranial Facial Release?

CFR is a specialized form of chiropractic care that focuses on the intricate relationship between the bones of the skull and face, and how they impact overall health and well-being. By gently manipulating these structures, CFR practitioners aim to release tension, improve fluid dynamics, and promote balance within the body's systems.

How CFR May Help with Tinnitus and Hearing Impairment

  1. Optimizing Fluid DynamicsOne of the key ways CFR may help with auditory issues is by improving the flow of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) around the brain and spinal cord. When CSF movement is disrupted, it can contribute to pressure, inflammation, and other factors that may exacerbate tinnitus and hearing impairment symptoms. By gently manipulating the cranial bones, CFR aims to optimize CSF flow and reduce these negative impacts.
  2. Releasing Tension in Auditory StructuresTense muscles and tissues surrounding the ears, jaw, and neck can also play a role in auditory discomfort. CFR techniques are designed to release this tension, promoting relaxation and improved blood flow to the auditory structures. This increased flexibility and circulation may help to reduce the severity of tinnitus and hearing impairment symptoms.
  3. Balancing the Autonomic Nervous SystemThe autonomic nervous system (ANS) controls many of the body's unconscious functions, including those related to hearing and auditory processing. When the ANS is out of balance, it can contribute to a wide range of health issues, including tinnitus and hearing impairment. CFR works to promote balance within the ANS, potentially leading to improvements in auditory function and symptom relief.
  4. Addressing Structural ImbalancesMisalignments and restrictions in the cranial bones can also impact auditory health. By gently manipulating these structures, CFR practitioners aim to restore optimal alignment and function, addressing the root causes of tinnitus and hearing impairment rather than just masking the symptoms.

A Holistic Approach to Auditory Wellness

One of the key benefits of CFR is its comprehensive, whole-body approach to auditory health. Rather than focusing on just one aspect of tinnitus or hearing impairment, CFR takes into account the complex interplay between the body's systems, addressing issues with fluid dynamics, muscle tension, nervous system balance, and structural alignment. This holistic perspective sets CFR apart from many conventional treatments, offering a potentially transformative path to relief.


While research into the specific effects of CFR on tinnitus and hearing impairment is still ongoing, many individuals have reported significant improvements in their symptoms and overall quality of life after undergoing this gentle, non-invasive treatment.

If you're struggling with the challenges of tinnitus or hearing impairment, it may be worth exploring CFR as a complementary approach to your current care plan. As with any healthcare decision, be sure to consult with a qualified practitioner to determine if CFR is right for your unique needs and goals.

Dr. Scott Mitchell

About the author

Dr. Scott Mitchell, a Boston-accented chiropractor with a passion for holistic health,dedicates his life to helping people unlock their LIMITLESS potential through personalized chiropractic care.