The timeless story of
the first chiropractic adjustment by DD Palmer, the founder of chiropractic, involves
the hearing restoration of a deaf janitor after spinal manipulation.
(1) So interesting! Today’s research studies
help explain and confirm the connection
of hearing and cervical spine pain issues. Moses Chiropractic hears stories
of improvement in West Palm Beach chiropractic patients for issues not
always related to the issue that brought them
into Moses Chiropractic for chiropractic care. Patients are delighted!
Moses Chiropractic is excited for them. Let us reflect
on 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 problems. The association
of cervical spine and hearing has been discussed in
the medical publications for decades. In
1994, one author presented 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 linked 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)
West Palm Beach chiropractic patients report such conditions
occasionally, so Moses Chiropractic is not surprised
Cervical spine issues can affect ear vessels and/or nerves resulting
in 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) Additionally, there is evidence
of interaction between the somatosensory and auditory brainstem structures, a
pathway connecting 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 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. Moses Chiropractic
considers this when making a treatment plan for West Palm Beach cervical spine pain
patients who have a hearing loss or deficit.
CHIROPRACTIC HELP FOR West Palm Beach 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 undergoing 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 gratifying outcomes that West Palm Beach
hearing loss patients could welcome! Moses Chiropractic is up
for the chance to help!
CONSIDER Moses Chiropractic FOR RELIEF
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to experience how Moses Chiropractic may help improve
cervical spine issues, neck pain and even potentially
cervical spine related hearing loss.