Buffalo, NY Hearing Loss May Be Related to Vitamin D Loss

“Huh?” Does this sound familiar when talking with your senior parents or grandparents (and sometimes your kids)? Hearing loss is so common. It is almost an inescapable issue as we get older. Does it have to be though? Researchers are studying it, and The Novelli Wellness Center is following the study to incorporate into our nutrition care! Vitamin D deficiency is again considered a culprit in this aging side-effect.

HEARING LOSS IN ADULTS

Many older Buffalo, NY adults experience hearing loss. It’s annoying, but new research gives some direction on how to potentially prevent it. A group of researchers indicated that older folks are at risk of hearing loss and osteoporosis. Vitamin D levels are considered in both conditions. Bone mineral density and hearing loss have been linked. These researchers discovered that low vitamin D levels were associated to low-frequency and speech-frequency hearing loss as were 1-unit reductions in femoral neck BMD and total spine BMD. (1) An additional study of participants with no apparent hearing loss – 30 low in vitamin D, 30 low in vitamin B12, 30 controls – found that B12 and vitamin D deficiencies were significantly linked with cochlear ear health and function. It was proposed that patients with these vitamin deficiencies should also be tested for cochlear function. (2) The Novelli Wellness Center suggests starting with a look at your vitamin levels!

HEARING LOSS IN CHILDREN

In children with vitamin D deficiency, 53.4% had hearing loss with 17% experiencing moderate-profound hearing loss. These children (as well as children with low calcium levels) were more likely to experience sensorineural hearing loss, a type of hearing loss that is less likely to improve over time. Children with vitamin D deficiency and a femur fracture, a significantly higher rate of hearing loss was noted. Children with low calcium levels were also at increased risk of moderate-profound hearing loss. (3) The Novelli Wellness Center looks out for the kids, too. Their vitamin levels and hearing need testing, too!

SUDDEN ONSET HEARING LOSS AND VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY

Sudden Sensory Neural Hearing Loss is another subset of hearing loss that needs special attention in adults or children. When this kind of hearing loss is encountered, steroids are a typical treatment. Patients with adequate vitamin D levels recovered fully. 87.5% of vitamin D deficient patients 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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Schedule your Buffalo, NY chiropractic appointment now. Whether you are fed up with being the one asking “Huh?” or answering “Huh?,” you and your vitamin D levels are of consequence to us! Let us check them out for your hearing loss risk and your risk of osteoporosis’ sake.

 
The Novelli Wellness Center presents new research about low vitamin D levels and hearing loss.  
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