The classic account of
the first chiropractic adjustment by DD Palmer, the founder of chiropractic, details
the hearing return of a deaf janitor after spinal manipulation.
(1) So interesting! Today’s research reports
help describe and corroborate the connection
of hearing and cervical spine pain issues. Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic hears reports
of improvement in Montreal chiropractic patients for issues not
always related to the issue that brought them
into Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic for chiropractic care. Patients are elated!
Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic is ecstatic for them. Let’s study this side-effect of hearing loss improvement after
chiropractic spinal manipulation.
THE HEARING AND CERVICAL SPINE CONNECTION
Hearing loss is not that uncommon with
cervical spine issues. The relationship
of cervical spine and hearing has been discussed in
the medical publications for decades. In
1994, one author gave a discussion 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 linked 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)
Montreal chiropractic patients recount such issues
occasionally, so Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic is not surprised
Cervical spine issues can affect ear vessels and/or nerves resulting
in 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 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 extending
to the cochlear nucleus. (4) Patients who have Kimmerle’s anomaly – an
anatomical variant 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. Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic
considers this when treating Montreal cervical spine pain
patients with a hearing loss or deficit.
CHIROPRACTIC HELP FOR Montreal 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 beginning of care and a 1 at
the conclusion of 5 months of care. An audiogram was normal, too. (7)
These are gratifying outcomes that Montreal
hearing loss patients could welcome! Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic is ready
for the chance to help!
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