The classic account of
the first chiropractic adjustment by DD Palmer, the founder of chiropractic, involves
the hearing restoration of a deaf janitor after spinal manipulation.
(1) So interesting! Today’s research studies
help explain and corroborate the connection
of hearing and cervical spine pain issues. Malverne Health & Wellness hears reports
of improvement in Malverne chiropractic patients for issues not
always related to the issue that brought them
into Malverne Health & Wellness for chiropractic care. Patients are thrilled!
Malverne Health & Wellness is excited for them. Let us contemplate 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 discussed 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 tied conditions
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)
Malverne chiropractic patients report such issues
occasionally, so Malverne Health & Wellness is not shocked
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
likelihood 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) Additionally, there is evidence
of interaction between the somatosensory and auditory brainstem structures, a
pathway connecting 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 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 say about the
connection between hearing and the cervical spine? A connection. Malverne Health & Wellness
considers this when treating Malverne cervical spine pain
patients who have a hearing loss or deficit.
CHIROPRACTIC HELP FOR Malverne 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 experienced cervicogenic
sudden hearing loss reported that those who underwent
chiropractic treatment in addition to routine medical care recovered
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 rated
her issues a 7 at the beginning of care and a 1 at
the end of 5 months of care. An audiogram was normal, too. (7)
These are satisfying outcomes that Malverne
hearing loss patients could welcome! Malverne Health & Wellness is prepared
for the opportunity to help!
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cervical spine issues, neck pain and even potentially
cervical spine related hearing loss.