The timeless account of
the first chiropractic adjustment by DD Palmer, the founder of chiropractic, details
the hearing restoration of a deaf janitor after spinal manipulation.
(1) Fascinating! Today’s research studies
help describe and confirm the connection
of hearing and cervical spine pain issues. Apple Country Chiropractic hears stories
of improvement in Williamson chiropractic patients for seemingly unrelated things that brought them
into Apple Country Chiropractic for chiropractic care. Patients are elated!
Apple Country Chiropractic is pleased for them. Let us reflect
on this side-effect of hearing loss improvement after
chiropractic spinal manipulation.
THE HEARING AND CERVICAL SPINE CONNECTION
Hearing loss is not that rare with
cervical spine problems. The relationship
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 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)
Williamson chiropractic patients recount such problems
on occasion, so Apple Country Chiropractic is not surprised
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
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) 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 indicate about the
connection between hearing and the cervical spine? A connection. Apple Country Chiropractic
considers this when making a treatment plan for Williamson cervical spine pain
patients who have a hearing loss or deficit.
CHIROPRACTIC HELP FOR Williamson 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 underwent
chiropractic treatment in addition to routine medical care improved
their hearing and alleviated 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 conclusion of 5 months of care. An audiogram was normal, too. (7)
These are gratifying outcomes that Williamson
hearing loss patients could embrace! Apple Country Chiropractic is up
for the opportunity to help!
CONSIDER Apple Country Chiropractic FOR RELIEF
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about how Cox Technic eases cervical spine related
neck pain and shoulder pain.
Schedule a Williamson chiropractic visit
to experience how Apple Country Chiropractic may help relieve
cervical spine problems, neck pain and even potentially
cervical spine related hearing loss.
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