The traditional story 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 clarify and corroborate the connection
of hearing and cervical spine pain issues. The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR hears stories
of improvement in Colorado Springs chiropractic patients for issues not
always related to the issue that brought them
into The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR for chiropractic care. Patients are elated!
The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR is ecstatic for them. Let us consider this side-effect of hearing loss improvement after
chiropractic spinal manipulation.
THE HEARING AND CERVICAL SPINE CONNECTION
Hearing loss is not that uncommon with
cervical spine problems. The association
of cervical spine and hearing has been presented in
the medical literature for decades. In
1994, one author presented an idea of the
existence of a “vertebragenic hearing disorder” that comes
with tinnitus, a feeling of ear pressure, otalgia and deafness due to
functional deficit of the upper cervical spine. He tied issues
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)
Colorado Springs chiropractic patients recount such problems
on occasion, so The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR is not shocked
Cervical spine issues can affect ear vessels and/or nerves causing hearing loss, vertigo or tinnitus. Cervical spine
injuries can produce 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 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 seeking ways 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 extending
to the cochlear nucleus. (4) Patients who have Kimmerle’s anomaly – an
anatomical variant 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. The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR
considers this when caring for Colorado Springs cervical spine pain
patients with a hearing loss or deficit.
CHIROPRACTIC HELP FOR Colorado Springs 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 relieved 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 problems a 7 at the beginning of care and a 1 at
the end of 5 months of care. An audiogram was normal, too. (7)
These are pleasing outcomes that Colorado Springs
hearing loss patients could embrace! The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR is prepared
for the opportunity to help!
CONSIDER The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR FOR RELIEF
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cervical spine problems, neck pain and even potentially
cervical spine related hearing loss.
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