Lynchburg Hearing Loss May Be Related to Vitamin D Loss

“Huh?” Does this sound typical when talking with your older parents or grandparents (and occasionally your children)? Hearing loss is so common. It is practically an inescapable issue as we age. Does it have to be though? Researchers are researching it, and Palmer Chiropractic Center is following the work 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 Lynchburg adults experience hearing loss. It’s annoying, but new research provides some direction on how to possibly prevent it. A set of researchers pointed out that older folks are at risk of hearing loss and osteoporosis. Vitamin D levels are tested in both conditions. Bone mineral density and hearing loss have been associated in the research. These researchers discovered that low vitamin D levels were linked to low-frequency and speech-frequency hearing loss as were 1-unit decreases 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 – documented that B12 and vitamin D deficiencies were significantly associated with cochlear ear health and function. It was proposed that patients with these vitamin deficiencies should also be checked for cochlear function. (2) Palmer Chiropractic Center suggests starting with a test of your vitamin levels!

HEARING LOSS IN CHILDREN

In children who have vitamin D deficiency, 53.4% had hearing loss with 17% experiencing moderate-profound hearing loss. These children (and children with low calcium levels) were more apt to have sensorineural hearing loss, a type of hearing loss that is less likely to get better over time. Children with vitamin D deficiency as well as a femur fracture, a significantly higher rate of hearing loss was seen. Children with low calcium levels were found to be at higher risk of moderate-profound hearing loss. (3) Palmer Chiropractic Center looks out for the kids, too. Their vitamin levels and hearing need evaluating, too!

SUDDEN ONSET HEARING LOSS AND VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY

Sudden Sensory Neural Hearing Loss is another type of hearing loss that needs special attention in children and adults. When this kind of hearing loss is encountered, steroids are a typical treatment. Patients with adequate vitamin D levels recovered completely. 87.5% of patients with vitamin D deficiency and 12.5% of patients with insufficient vitamin D levels did not respond in any way. Vitamin D was more evident in SSNHL patients than healthy patients. (4) Vitamin D is so important!

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Make your Lynchburg chiropractic appointment now. Whether you are sick of being the one asking “Huh?” or answering “Huh?,” you and your vitamin D levels are important to us! Let’s test them out for your hearing loss risk and your risk of osteoporosis’ sake.

 
Palmer Chiropractic Center presents new research about low vitamin D levels and hearing loss.  
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