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 describe and corroborate the connection
of hearing and cervical spine pain issues. Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology hears reports
of improvement in Plymouth chiropractic patients for issues not
always related to the issue that brought them
into Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology for chiropractic care. Patients are delighted!
Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology is excited for them. Let us study this side-effect of hearing loss recovery after
chiropractic spinal manipulation.
THE HEARING AND CERVICAL SPINE CONNECTION
Hearing loss is not that unusual 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 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)
Plymouth chiropractic patients recount such issues
occasionally, so Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology 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
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) Further, there is evidence
of interaction between the somatosensory and auditory brainstem structures, a
pathway joining 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) influence auditory responses (hearing).
They have discovered 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
have 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. Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology
considers this when making a treatment plan for Plymouth cervical spine pain
patients with a hearing loss or deficit.
CHIROPRACTIC HELP FOR Plymouth HEARING LOSS
RELATED TO CERVICAL SPINE ISSUES
Since that first chiropractic adjustment in 1895,
chiropractic has recorded improvement for more patients
with 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 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 undergoing chiropractic spinal manipulation
treatment. On a scale of 0 (no problem) to 10 (complete impairment), she rated
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 Plymouth
hearing loss patients could embrace! Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology is up
for the chance to help!
CONSIDER Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology FOR RELIEF
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to explore how Atiyeh Chiropractic and Functional Neurology may help ease
cervical spine issues, neck pain and even potentially
cervical spine related hearing loss.