The classic story of
the first chiropractic adjustment by DD Palmer, the founder of chiropractic, details
the hearing restoration of a deaf janitor after spinal manipulation.
(1) Fascinating! Today’s research reports
help clarify and confirm the connection
of hearing and cervical spine pain issues. Vancouver Disc Centers hears stories
of improvement in Vancouver chiropractic patients for issues not
always related to the issue that brought them
into Vancouver Disc Centers for chiropractic care. Patients are delighted!
Vancouver Disc Centers is excited for them. Let us consider this side-effect of hearing loss recovery after
chiropractic spinal manipulation.
THE HEARING AND CERVICAL SPINE CONNECTION
Hearing loss is not that unusual with
cervical spine problems. The connection
of cervical spine and hearing has been discussed in
the medical literature for years and years. In
1994, one author presented a discussion of the
existence of a “vertebragenic hearing disorder” that accompanies
with tinnitus, a feeling of ear pressure, otalgia and deafness due to
functional deficit of the upper cervical spine. He attached 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)
Vancouver chiropractic patients recount such problems
occasionally, so Vancouver Disc Centers is not surprised
Cervical spine issues can affect ear vessels and/or nerves bringing about hearing loss, vertigo or tinnitus. Cervical spine
injuries can produce pain and limits in range of motion. The
possibility 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) Further, there is evidence
of interaction between the somatosensory and auditory brainstem structures, a
pathway linking 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 found projections from C2 dorsal root ganglion extending
to the cochlear nucleus. (4) Patients who have Kimmerle’s anomaly – an
anatomical modification of the first cervical segment (C1) – often
suffer with chronic tension-type headaches and
neurosensory-type hearing loss. (5) What does this say about the
connection between hearing and the cervical spine? A connection. Vancouver Disc Centers
considers this when caring for Vancouver cervical spine pain
patients who have a hearing loss or deficit.
CHIROPRACTIC HELP FOR Vancouver HEARING LOSS
RELATED TO CERVICAL SPINE ISSUES
Since that first chiropractic adjustment in 1895,
chiropractic has documented improvement for more cases of 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 relieved their neck pain effectively
after 10 days of care. (6) A case of hearing loss and tinnitus linked
to cervicogenic neck pain in a female patient whose hearing and tinnitus
were improved after undergoing 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 satisfying outcomes that Vancouver
hearing loss patients could embrace! Vancouver Disc Centers is ready
for the chance to help!
CONSIDER Vancouver Disc Centers FOR RELIEF
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to explore how Vancouver Disc Centers may help improve
cervical spine issues, neck pain and even possibly
cervical spine related hearing loss.
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