The classic story of
the first chiropractic adjustment by DD Palmer, the founder of chiropractic, involves
the hearing return of a deaf janitor after spinal manipulation.
(1) So interesting! Today’s research reports
help clarify and corroborate the connection
of hearing and cervical spine pain issues. Cross Chiropractic Center hears stories
of improvement in Sandy Springs chiropractic patients for seemingly unrelated things that brought them
into Cross Chiropractic Center for chiropractic care. Patients are elated!
Cross Chiropractic Center is ecstatic for them. Let us consider 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 relationship
of cervical spine and hearing has been presented 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 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)
Sandy Springs chiropractic patients recount such problems
sometimes, so Cross Chiropractic Center is not shocked
Cervical spine issues can affect ear vessels and/or nerves resulting
in hearing loss, vertigo or tinnitus. Cervical spine
injuries can trigger 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 seeking ways to find the
pathway and understand better how spinal nerves like those of C2 (the second
cervical spine segment) influence auditory responses (hearing).
They have found 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
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. Cross Chiropractic Center
considers this when treating Sandy Springs cervical spine pain
patients with a hearing loss or deficit.
CHIROPRACTIC HELP FOR Sandy Springs 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 recorded that those who underwent
chiropractic treatment in addition to routine medical care recovered
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 rated
her issues 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 pleasing outcomes that Sandy Springs
hearing loss patients could accept! Cross Chiropractic Center is ready
for the opportunity to help!
CONSIDER Cross Chiropractic Center FOR RELIEF
Listen to this PODCAST
about how Cox Technic relieves cervical spine related
neck pain and shoulder pain.
Schedule a Sandy Springs chiropractic visit
to explore how Cross Chiropractic Center may help improve
cervical spine problems, neck pain and even potentially
cervical spine related hearing loss.
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