The classic story of
the first chiropractic adjustment by DD Palmer, the founder of chiropractic, involves
the hearing restoration of a deaf janitor after spinal manipulation.
(1) Fascinating! Today’s research reports
help describe and confirm the connection
of hearing and cervical spine pain issues. Innate Wisdom hears stories
of improvement in New York City chiropractic patients for seemingly unrelated things that brought them
into Innate Wisdom for chiropractic care. Patients are thrilled!
Innate Wisdom is excited for them. Let’s study this side-effect of hearing loss recovery after
chiropractic spinal manipulation.
THE HEARING AND CERVICAL SPINE CONNECTION
Hearing loss is not that rare with
cervical spine problems. The connection
of cervical spine and hearing has been considered in
the medical publications for years and years. In
1994, one author gave 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)
New York City chiropractic patients recount such issues
on occasion, so Innate Wisdom 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
possibility 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 evidence
of interaction between the somatosensory and auditory brainstem structures, a
pathway linking 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 found projections from C2 dorsal root ganglion stretching
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. Innate Wisdom
considers this when caring for New York City cervical spine pain
patients with a hearing loss or deficit.
CHIROPRACTIC HELP FOR New York City HEARING LOSS
RELATED TO CERVICAL SPINE ISSUES
Since that first chiropractic adjustment in 1895,
chiropractic has documented improvement for more patients
with hearing issues. A study of 90 patients who had cervicogenic
sudden hearing loss reported that those who had
chiropractic treatment in addition to routine medical care improved
their hearing and alleviated 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 pleasing outcomes that New York City
hearing loss patients could embrace! Innate Wisdom is prepared
for the opportunity to help!
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cervical spine problems, neck pain and even possibly
cervical spine related hearing loss.