The timeless 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 corroborate the connection
of hearing and cervical spine pain issues. Vancouver Spine Care Centre hears reports
of improvement in Vancouver chiropractic patients for issues not
always related to the issue that brought them
into Vancouver Spine Care Centre for chiropractic care. Patients are elated!
Vancouver Spine Care Centre is excited for them. Let us study 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 problems. The connection
of cervical spine and hearing has been considered in
the medical literature for years and years. In
1994, one author submitted 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 issues
on occasion, so Vancouver Spine Care Centre is not shocked
Cervical spine issues can affect ear vessels and/or nerves causing 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 indication
of interaction between the somatosensory and auditory brainstem structures, a
pathway joining the cervical spine to hearing function.
Researchers are working to define the
pathway and understand better how spinal nerves like those of C2 (the second
cervical spine segment) influence auditory responses (hearing).
They have discovered 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 Spine Care Centre
considers this when treating 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 patients
with hearing issues. A study of 90 patients who had cervicogenic
sudden hearing loss recorded that those who underwent
chiropractic treatment in addition to routine medical care bettered
their hearing and eased 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 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 accept! Vancouver Spine Care Centre is up
for the opportunity to help!
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cervical spine related hearing loss.
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