Fort Wayne Hearing Loss May Be Related to Vitamin D Loss04/13/2021”What did you say?” Does this sound typical when talking with your senior parents or grandparents (and sometimes your children)? Hearing loss is so common. It’s almost an inescapable issue as we get older. Does it have to be though? Researchers are looking at it, and Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc is following the work to incorporate into our nutrition care! Vitamin D deficiency is again considered a culprit in this side-effect of aging. HEARING LOSS IN ADULTS Quite a few older Fort Wayne adults suffer hearing loss. It is frustrating, but new research provides some direction on how to potentially avert it. A group of researchers pointed out that older folks are at risk of hearing loss and osteoporosis. Vitamin D levels are considered in both conditions. Bone mineral density and hearing loss have been associated in the research. These researchers found that low vitamin D levels were associated to low-frequency and speech-frequency hearing loss as were 1-unit decreases in femoral neck BMD and total spine BMD. (1) An additional study of participants without apparent hearing loss – 30 low in vitamin D, 30 low in vitamin B12, 30 controls – documented that B12 and vitamin D deficiencies were significantly associated with cochlear ear health and function. It was recommended that patients with these vitamin deficiencies should also be checked for cochlear function. (2) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc proposes starting with a look at your vitamin levels! HEARING LOSS IN CHILDREN In children who have a deficiency of vitamin D, 53.4% had hearing loss with 17% experiencing moderate-profound hearing loss. These children (and children with low calcium levels) were more apt to experience sensorineural hearing loss, a type of hearing loss that is less likely to get better over time. Children with vitamin D deficiency as well as a femur fracture, a significantly higher rate of hearing loss was noted. Children with low calcium levels were found to be at increased risk of moderate-profound hearing loss. (3) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc looks out for the kids, too. Their vitamin levels and hearing need checking, too! SUDDEN ONSET HEARING LOSS AND VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY Sudden Sensory Neural Hearing Loss is another type of hearing loss that requires special attention in adults or children. When this sort of hearing loss is encountered, steroids are a typical treatment. Patients with sufficient vitamin D levels recovered fully. 87.5% of patients with vitamin D deficiency and 12.5% of patients with insufficient vitamin D levels did not react at all. Vitamin D was more obvious in SSNHL patients than healthy patients. (4) Vitamin D is so important! CONTACT Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he illustrates the nutritional care of the disc and spine in The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management. Make your Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment today. Whether you are tired of being the one asking “Huh?” or answering “Huh?,” you and your vitamin D levels are of consequence to us! Let’s test them out for your hearing loss risk and your risk of osteoporosis’ sake. « View All Nutrition Articles"This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy. See more details on the DISCLAIMER page. Content is reviewed by Dr. James M. Cox I."