Vancouver Hearing Loss May Be Related to Vitamin D Loss

”What did you say?” Does this sound familiar when talking with your older parents or grandparents (and sometimes your kids)? Hearing loss is so common. It’s almost a foregone conclusion as we age. Does it have to be though? Researchers are studying it, and Vancouver Spine Care Centre is following the study to incorporate into our nutrition care! Vitamin D deficiency is again considered a culprit in this side-effect of aging.

HEARING LOSS IN ADULTS

Quite a few older Vancouver adults suffer hearing loss. It’s annoying, but new research gives some direction on how to potentially avert it. A set of researchers pointed out 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 linked. These researchers discovered 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) Another 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 examined for cochlear function. (2) Vancouver Spine Care Centre suggests starting with a look at your vitamin levels!

HEARING LOSS IN CHILDREN

In children with a deficiency of vitamin D, 53.4% experienced hearing loss with 17% experiencing moderate-profound hearing loss. These children (as well as children with low calcium levels) were more apt to have sensorineural hearing loss, a type of hearing loss that is less liable to get better over time. Children with vitamin D deficiency as well as a femur fracture, a significantly higher rate of hearing loss was seen. Children with low calcium levels were found to be at higher risk of moderate-profound hearing loss. (3) Vancouver Spine Care Centre looks out for the kids, too. Their vitamin levels and hearing need checking, too!

SUDDEN ONSET HEARING LOSS AND VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY

Sudden Sensory Neural Hearing Loss is another subclass of hearing loss that requires special attention in children and adults. When this sort of hearing loss occurs, steroids are a common 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 react at all. Vitamin D was more evident in SSNHL patients than healthy patients. (4) Vitamin D is so important!

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Schedule your Vancouver chiropractic appointment today. Whether you are fed up with being the one asking “Huh?” or answering “Huh?,” you and your vitamin D levels are of consequence to us! Let us check them out for your hearing loss risk and your risk of osteoporosis’ sake.

 
Vancouver Spine Care Centre presents new research about low vitamin D levels and hearing loss.  
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