The classic 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 confirm the connection
of hearing and cervical spine pain issues. Mandeville Chiropractic hears stories
of improvement in Mandeville chiropractic patients for seemingly unrelated things that brought them
into Mandeville Chiropractic for chiropractic care. Patients are thrilled!
Mandeville Chiropractic is pleased for them. Let’s consider this side-effect of hearing loss improvement after
chiropractic spinal manipulation.
THE HEARING AND CERVICAL SPINE CONNECTION
Hearing loss is not that unusual with
cervical spine problems. The relationship
of cervical spine and hearing has been considered in
the medical literature for decades. In
1994, one author submitted an idea 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 attached 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)
Mandeville chiropractic patients recount such issues
sometimes, so Mandeville Chiropractic 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
chance 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 indication
of interaction between the somatosensory and auditory brainstem structures, a
pathway linking the cervical spine to hearing function.
Researchers are working 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 stretching
to the cochlear nucleus. (4) Patients who have Kimmerle’s anomaly – an
anatomical modification 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. Mandeville Chiropractic
considers this when treating Mandeville cervical spine pain
patients who have a hearing loss or deficit.
CHIROPRACTIC HELP FOR Mandeville 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 had cervicogenic
sudden hearing loss reported that those who had
chiropractic treatment in addition to routine medical care bettered
their hearing and eased their neck pain effectively
after 10 days of care. (6) A case of hearing loss and tinnitus associated with 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 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 Mandeville
hearing loss patients could welcome! Mandeville Chiropractic is prepared
for the chance to help!
CONSIDER Mandeville Chiropractic FOR RELIEF
Listen to this PODCAST
about how Cox Technic eases cervical spine related
neck pain and shoulder pain.
Schedule a Mandeville chiropractic appointment
to explore how Mandeville Chiropractic may help ease
cervical spine problems, neck pain and even potentially
cervical spine related hearing loss.