The classic story of
the first chiropractic adjustment by DD Palmer, the founder of chiropractic, involves
the hearing return of a deaf janitor after spinal manipulation.
(1) So interesting! Today’s research reports
help clarify and confirm the connection
of hearing and cervical spine pain issues. Spinal Care Clinic hears reports
of improvement in Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic patients for seemingly unrelated things that brought them
into Spinal Care Clinic for chiropractic care. Patients are elated!
Spinal Care Clinic is excited for them. Let us consider this side-effect of hearing loss recovery after
chiropractic spinal manipulation.
THE HEARING AND CERVICAL SPINE CONNECTION
Hearing loss is not that unusual with
cervical spine problems. The association
of cervical spine and hearing has been considered in
the medical literature for years and years. In
1994, one author gave 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 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)
Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic patients recount such conditions
occasionally, so Spinal Care Clinic is not shocked
Cervical spine issues can affect ear vessels and/or nerves bringing about hearing loss, vertigo or tinnitus. Cervical spine
injuries can cause pain and limits in range of motion. The
possibility 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 indication
of interaction between the somatosensory and auditory brainstem structures, a
pathway joining 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 extending
to the cochlear nucleus. (4) Patients who have Kimmerle’s anomaly – an
anatomical modification of the first cervical segment (C1) – often
have 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. Spinal Care Clinic
considers this when treating Burlington and Hamilton cervical spine pain
patients who have a hearing loss or deficit.
CHIROPRACTIC HELP FOR Burlington and Hamilton 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 reported that those who had
chiropractic treatment in addition to routine medical care improved
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 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 pleasing outcomes that Burlington and Hamilton
hearing loss patients could welcome! Spinal Care Clinic is ready
for the opportunity to help!
CONSIDER Spinal Care Clinic FOR RELIEF
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about how Cox Technic relieves cervical spine related
neck pain and shoulder pain.
Schedule a Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic appointment
to explore how Spinal Care Clinic may help ease
cervical spine problems, neck pain and even possibly
cervical spine related hearing loss.