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Colorado Springs Hearing Loss May Be Related to Vitamin D Loss

”What did you say?” Does this sound typical when talking with your older parents or grandparents (and occasionally your children)? Hearing loss is so common. It is almost a foregone conclusion as we get older. Does it have to be though? Researchers are studying it, and The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR is following the study to incorporate into our nutrition care! Vitamin D deficiency is again deemed a culprit in this side-effect of aging.

HEARING LOSS IN ADULTS

Quite a few older Colorado Springs adults suffer hearing loss. It is annoying, but new research offers some direction on how to possibly avert it. A group of researchers pointed out that older folks are at risk of hearing loss and osteoporosis. Vitamin D levels are tested in both conditions. Bone mineral density and hearing loss have been linked. These researchers found 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 suggested that patients with these vitamin deficiencies should also be checked for cochlear function. (2) The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR proposes starting with a look at your vitamin levels!

HEARING LOSS IN CHILDREN

In children who have vitamin D deficiency, 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 experience sensorineural hearing loss, a type of hearing loss that is less liable to get better over time. Children with vitamin D deficiency and 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) The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR 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 subset of hearing loss that requires special attention in children and adults. When this type of hearing loss is encountered, steroids are a typical treatment. Patients with adequate vitamin D levels recovered completely. 87.5% of patients with vitamin D deficiency and 12.5% of patients with insufficient vitamin D levels did not react in any way. Vitamin D was more evident in SSNHL patients than healthy patients. (4) Vitamin D is so important!

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he illustrates the role of nutrition in the care of the disc and spine in The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

Make your Colorado Springs chiropractic appointment today. Whether you are tired of being the one asking “Huh?” or answering “Huh?,” you and your vitamin D levels are important to us! Let’s check them out for your hearing loss risk and your risk of osteoporosis’ sake.

 
The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR presents new research about low vitamin D levels and hearing loss.  
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