The traditional account of
the first chiropractic adjustment by DD Palmer, the founder of chiropractic, involves
the hearing return of a deaf janitor after spinal manipulation.
(1) Fascinating! Today’s research studies
help explain and corroborate the connection
of hearing and cervical spine pain issues. Layden Chiropractic hears reports
of improvement in Plainville chiropractic patients for issues not
always related to the issue that brought them
into Layden Chiropractic for chiropractic care. Patients are delighted!
Layden Chiropractic is pleased for them. Let’s study this side-effect of hearing loss improvement after
chiropractic spinal manipulation.
THE HEARING AND CERVICAL SPINE CONNECTION
Hearing loss is not that rare with
cervical spine issues. The association
of cervical spine and hearing has been considered in
the medical literature 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 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)
Plainville chiropractic patients report such problems
on occasion, so Layden Chiropractic is not surprised
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 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 find 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 stretching
to the cochlear nucleus. (4) Patients who have Kimmerle’s anomaly – an
anatomical variant 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. Layden Chiropractic
considers this when treating Plainville cervical spine pain
patients with a hearing loss or deficit.
CHIROPRACTIC HELP FOR Plainville 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 had
chiropractic treatment in addition to routine medical care recovered
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 graded
her problems 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 satisfying outcomes that Plainville
hearing loss patients could welcome! Layden Chiropractic is ready
for the chance to help!
CONSIDER Layden Chiropractic FOR RELIEF
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about how Cox Technic alleviates cervical spine related
neck pain and shoulder pain.
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to see how Layden Chiropractic may help ease
cervical spine issues, neck pain and even possibly
cervical spine related hearing loss.
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