The timeless story of
the first chiropractic adjustment by DD Palmer, the founder of chiropractic, involves
the hearing restoration of a deaf janitor after spinal manipulation.
(1) So interesting! Today’s research studies
help clarify and confirm the connection
of hearing and cervical spine pain issues. Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation hears reports
of improvement in Baton Rouge chiropractic patients for seemingly unrelated things that brought them
into Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation for chiropractic care. Patients are thrilled!
Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation is ecstatic for them. Let’s consider this side-effect of hearing loss recovery after
chiropractic spinal manipulation.
THE HEARING AND CERVICAL SPINE CONNECTION
Hearing loss is not that uncommon with
cervical spine issues. The association
of cervical spine and hearing has been discussed in
the medical publications for years and years. In
1994, one author gave 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 tied 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)
Baton Rouge chiropractic patients report such conditions
sometimes, so Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation is not surprised
Cervical spine issues can affect ear vessels and/or nerves resulting
in hearing loss, vertigo or tinnitus. Cervical spine
injuries can trigger 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) Further, there is indication
of interaction between the somatosensory and auditory brainstem structures, a
pathway connecting the cervical spine to hearing function.
Researchers are seeking ways to define 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 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. Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation
considers this when caring for Baton Rouge cervical spine pain
patients with a hearing loss or deficit.
CHIROPRACTIC HELP FOR Baton Rouge 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 reported that those who had
chiropractic treatment in addition to routine medical care bettered
their hearing and alleviated 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 having chiropractic spinal manipulation
treatment. On a scale of 0 (no problem) to 10 (complete impairment), she rated
her issues a 7 at the start of care and a 1 at
the end of 5 months of care. An audiogram was normal, too. (7)
These are gratifying outcomes that Baton Rouge
hearing loss patients could welcome! Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation is ready
for the chance to help!
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cervical spine problems, neck pain and even potentially
cervical spine related hearing loss.