The traditional account 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 reports
help explain and confirm the connection
of hearing and cervical spine pain issues. Chiropractic Associates hears stories
of improvement in Preston chiropractic patients for issues not
always related to the issue that brought them
into Chiropractic Associates for chiropractic care. Patients are delighted!
Chiropractic Associates is excited for them. Let us reflect
on this side-effect of hearing loss recovery after
chiropractic spinal manipulation.
THE HEARING AND CERVICAL SPINE CONNECTION
Hearing loss is not that rare with
cervical spine issues. The relationship
of cervical spine and hearing has been considered in
the medical publications for years and years. In
1994, one author gave an idea 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 linked issues
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)
Preston chiropractic patients report such issues
occasionally, so Chiropractic Associates is not surprised
Cervical spine issues can affect ear vessels and/or nerves resulting
in hearing loss, vertigo or tinnitus. Cervical spine
injuries can cause pain and limits in range of motion. The
chance 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 found projections from C2 dorsal root ganglion stretching
to the cochlear nucleus. (4) Patients who have Kimmerle’s anomaly – an
anatomical modification of the first cervical segment (C1) – often
experience 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. Chiropractic Associates
considers this when treating Preston cervical spine pain
patients who have a hearing loss or deficit.
CHIROPRACTIC HELP FOR Preston 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 had cervicogenic
sudden hearing loss reported that those who underwent
chiropractic treatment in addition to routine medical care improved
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 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 end of 5 months of care. An audiogram was normal, too. (7)
These are gratifying outcomes that Preston
hearing loss patients could accept! Chiropractic Associates is up
for the chance to help!
CONSIDER Chiropractic Associates FOR RELIEF
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about how Cox Technic eases cervical spine related
neck pain and shoulder pain.
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to see how Chiropractic Associates may help relieve
cervical spine problems, neck pain and even potentially
cervical spine related hearing loss.