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 corroborate the connection
of hearing and cervical spine pain issues. Palmer Chiropractic Center hears reports
of improvement in Lynchburg chiropractic patients for seemingly unrelated things that brought them
into Palmer Chiropractic Center for chiropractic care. Patients are delighted!
Palmer Chiropractic Center is ecstatic for them. Let’s reflect
on 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 issues. The association
of cervical spine and hearing has been presented in
the medical publications for decades. In
1994, one author gave a discussion 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 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)
Lynchburg chiropractic patients recount such issues
occasionally, so Palmer Chiropractic Center is not surprised
Cervical spine issues can affect ear vessels and/or nerves resulting
in hearing loss, vertigo or tinnitus. Cervical spine
injuries can produce pain and limits in range of motion. The
likelihood 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 connecting 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) have an effect on 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 variant of the first cervical segment (C1) – often
have 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. Palmer Chiropractic Center
considers this when caring for Lynchburg cervical spine pain
patients who have a hearing loss or deficit.
CHIROPRACTIC HELP FOR Lynchburg HEARING LOSS
RELATED TO CERVICAL SPINE ISSUES
Since that first chiropractic adjustment in 1895,
chiropractic has documented 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 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 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 Lynchburg
hearing loss patients could accept! Palmer Chiropractic Center is ready
for the chance to help!
CONSIDER Palmer Chiropractic Center FOR RELIEF
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to explore how Palmer Chiropractic Center may help ease
cervical spine problems, neck pain and even potentially
cervical spine related hearing loss.