The classic account of
the first chiropractic adjustment by DD Palmer, the founder of chiropractic, details
the hearing return of a deaf janitor after spinal manipulation.
(1) Fascinating! Today’s research studies
help clarify and corroborate the connection
of hearing and cervical spine pain issues. Disc Centers Of America hears reports
of improvement in Buffalo, NY chiropractic patients for seemingly unrelated things that brought them
into Disc Centers Of America for chiropractic care. Patients are elated!
Disc Centers Of America is excited for them. Let us contemplate 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 issues. The connection
of cervical spine and hearing has been considered in
the medical literature for years and years. 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 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)
Buffalo, NY chiropractic patients report such problems
occasionally, so Disc Centers Of America is not shocked
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
possibility 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) Further, there is evidence
of interaction between the somatosensory and auditory brainstem structures, a
pathway joining the cervical spine to hearing function.
Researchers are seeking ways to define the
pathway and understand better how spinal nerves like those of C2 (the second
cervical spine segment) influence auditory responses (hearing).
They have discovered 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
experience chronic tension-type headaches and
neurosensory-type hearing loss. (5) What does this indicate about the
connection between hearing and the cervical spine? A connection. Disc Centers Of America
considers this when making a treatment plan for Buffalo, NY cervical spine pain
patients with a hearing loss or deficit.
CHIROPRACTIC HELP FOR Buffalo, NY HEARING LOSS
RELATED TO CERVICAL SPINE ISSUES
Since that first chiropractic adjustment in 1895,
chiropractic has recorded improvement for more cases of hearing issues. A study of 90 patients who experienced cervicogenic
sudden hearing loss reported that those who had
chiropractic treatment in addition to routine medical care improved
their hearing and eased 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 having chiropractic spinal manipulation
treatment. On a scale of 0 (no problem) to 10 (complete impairment), she rated
her issues a 7 at the beginning of care and a 1 at
the conclusion of 5 months of care. An audiogram was normal, too. (7)
These are pleasing outcomes that Buffalo, NY
hearing loss patients could embrace! Disc Centers Of America is ready
for the opportunity to help!
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