The traditional story of
the first chiropractic adjustment by DD Palmer, the founder of chiropractic, details
the hearing return of a deaf janitor after spinal manipulation.
(1) Fascinating! Today’s research studies
help explain and confirm the connection
of hearing and cervical spine pain issues. Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville hears stories
of improvement in St. Francisville chiropractic patients for issues not
always related to the issue that brought them
into Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville for chiropractic care. Patients are elated!
Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville is excited for them. Let us contemplate this side-effect of hearing loss improvement after
chiropractic spinal manipulation.
THE HEARING AND CERVICAL SPINE CONNECTION
Hearing loss is not that rare with
cervical spine problems. The association
of cervical spine and hearing has been considered in
the medical publications for decades. In
1994, one author submitted an idea of the
existence of a “vertebragenic hearing disorder” that comes
with tinnitus, a feeling of ear pressure, otalgia and deafness due to
functional deficit of the upper cervical spine. He linked conditions
like cervical vertigo and hearing disorders in 15% of patients with cervical
spine issues and hearing losses of 5 to 25 decibels in 40% of them. (2)
St. Francisville chiropractic patients recount such problems
sometimes, so Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville is not surprised
Cervical spine issues can affect ear vessels and/or nerves causing hearing loss, vertigo or tinnitus. Cervical spine
injuries can produce pain and limits in range of motion. The
likelihood of hearing loss in patients with limited
left rotation ability is high. Such hearing loss after a cervical spine injury
is more usual in men. (3) Additionally, there is evidence
of interaction between the somatosensory and auditory brainstem structures, a
pathway connecting the cervical spine to hearing function.
Researchers are working to find the
pathway and understand better how spinal nerves like those of C2 (the second
cervical spine segment) have an effect on auditory responses (hearing).
They have discovered projections from C2 dorsal root ganglion extending
to the cochlear nucleus. (4) Patients who have Kimmerle’s anomaly – an
anatomical variant of the first cervical segment (C1) – often
have chronic tension-type headaches and
neurosensory-type hearing loss. (5) What does this indicate about the
connection between hearing and the cervical spine? A connection. Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville
considers this when treating St. Francisville cervical spine pain
patients with a hearing loss or deficit.
CHIROPRACTIC HELP FOR St. Francisville HEARING LOSS
RELATED TO CERVICAL SPINE ISSUES
Since that first chiropractic adjustment in 1895,
chiropractic has recorded improvement for more patients
with hearing issues. A study of 90 patients who experienced cervicogenic
sudden hearing loss recorded that those who had
chiropractic treatment in addition to routine medical care recovered
their hearing and alleviated their neck pain effectively
after 10 days of care. (6) A case of hearing loss and tinnitus associated with cervicogenic neck pain in a female patient whose hearing and tinnitus
were improved after having chiropractic spinal manipulation
treatment. On a scale of 0 (no problem) to 10 (complete impairment), she rated
her issues a 7 at the beginning of care and a 1 at
the conclusion of 5 months of care. An audiogram was normal, too. (7)
These are gratifying outcomes that St. Francisville
hearing loss patients could accept! Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville is prepared
for the opportunity to help!
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cervical spine problems, neck pain and even potentially
cervical spine related hearing loss.