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) Fascinating! Today’s research studies
help explain and confirm the connection
of hearing and cervical spine pain issues. Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center hears stories
of improvement in Paramus chiropractic patients for issues not
always related to the issue that brought them
into Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center for chiropractic care. Patients are delighted!
Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center is pleased for them. Let us consider 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 discussed in
the medical literature for decades. 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)
Paramus chiropractic patients recount such problems
sometimes, so Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center is not shocked
Cervical spine issues can affect ear vessels and/or nerves bringing about hearing loss, vertigo or tinnitus. Cervical spine
injuries can trigger pain and limits in range of motion. The
chance 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) 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 say about the
connection between hearing and the cervical spine? A connection. Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center
considers this when treating Paramus cervical spine pain
patients who have a hearing loss or deficit.
CHIROPRACTIC HELP FOR Paramus 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 reported that those who had
chiropractic treatment in addition to routine medical care recovered
their hearing and relieved 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 rated
her issues 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 Paramus
hearing loss patients could accept! Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center is ready
for the chance to help!
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cervical spine problems, neck pain and even potentially
cervical spine related hearing loss.