The timeless account of
the first chiropractic adjustment by DD Palmer, the founder of chiropractic, details
the hearing restoration of a deaf janitor after spinal manipulation.
(1) So interesting! Today’s research reports
help describe and confirm the connection
of hearing and cervical spine pain issues. Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn hears stories
of improvement in Ashburn chiropractic patients for issues not
always related to the issue that brought them
into Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn for chiropractic care. Patients are elated!
Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn is pleased 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 uncommon with
cervical spine issues. The relationship
of cervical spine and hearing has been presented in
the medical publications for decades. In
1994, one author presented 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 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)
Ashburn chiropractic patients report such problems
sometimes, so Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn 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
likelihood of hearing loss in patients with limited
left rotation ability is high. Such hearing loss after a cervical spine injury
is more common in men. (3) Further, 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 describe 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 discovered 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 say about the
connection between hearing and the cervical spine? A connection. Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn
considers this when caring for Ashburn cervical spine pain
patients who have a hearing loss or deficit.
CHIROPRACTIC HELP FOR Ashburn 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 had cervicogenic
sudden hearing loss reported that those who had
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 undergoing 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 conclusion of 5 months of care. An audiogram was normal, too. (7)
These are gratifying outcomes that Ashburn
hearing loss patients could accept! Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn is prepared
for the opportunity to help!
CONSIDER Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn FOR RELIEF
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cervical spine related hearing loss.
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