”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 – found 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,
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.