Baton Rouge Hearing Loss May Be Related to Vitamin D Loss

“Huh?” Does this sound typical when chatting with your senior parents or grandparents (and occasionally your kids)? Hearing loss is so common. It’s practically a foregone conclusion as we age. Does it have to be that way? Researchers are looking at it, and Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation is following the work to incorporate into our nutrition care! Vitamin D deficiency is again considered a culprit in this aging side-effect.

HEARING LOSS IN ADULTS

Quite a few older Baton Rouge adults experience hearing loss. It is annoying, but new research provides some direction on how to potentially avert it. A group of researchers indicated that older people are at risk of hearing loss and osteoporosis. Vitamin D levels are considered in both conditions. Bone mineral density and hearing loss have been associated in the research. These researchers revealed that low vitamin D levels were linked to low-frequency and speech-frequency hearing loss as were 1-unit decreases in femoral neck BMD and total spine BMD. (1) An additional study of participants with no apparent hearing loss – 30 low in vitamin D, 30 low in vitamin B12, 30 controls – documented that B12 and vitamin D deficiencies were significantly associated with cochlear ear health and function. It was proposed that patients with these vitamin deficiencies should also be checked for cochlear function. (2) Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation proposes starting with a look at your vitamin levels!

HEARING LOSS IN CHILDREN

In children who have vitamin D deficiency, 53.4% experienced hearing loss with 17% experiencing moderate-profound hearing loss. These children (as well as children with low calcium levels) were more likely to have sensorineural hearing loss, a type of hearing loss that is less likely to improve over time. Children with vitamin D deficiency and a femur fracture, a significantly higher rate of hearing loss was noted. Children with low calcium levels were also at increased risk of moderate-profound hearing loss. (3) Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation looks out for the kids, too. Their vitamin levels and hearing need evaluating, too!

SUDDEN ONSET HEARING LOSS AND VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY

Sudden Sensory Neural Hearing Loss is another type of hearing loss that requires special attention in children and adults. When this sort of hearing loss happens, steroids are a typical treatment. Patients with adequate vitamin D levels recovered fully. 87.5% of patients with vitamin D deficiency and 12.5% of insufficient vitamin D level patients did not respond in any way. Vitamin D was more evident in SSNHL patients than healthy patients. (4) Vitamin D is so important!

CONTACT Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he illustrates the role of nutrition in the care of the disc and spine in The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

Schedule your Baton Rouge chiropractic appointment soon. Whether you are tired of being the one asking “Huh?” or answering “Huh?,” you and your vitamin D levels are important to us! Let’s test them out for your hearing loss risk and your risk of osteoporosis’ sake.

 
Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation presents recent research about low vitamin D levels and hearing loss.  
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