The timeless 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) Fascinating! Today’s research studies
help explain and corroborate the connection
of hearing and cervical spine pain issues. Fort Wayne Chiropractic Radiological Center hears reports
of improvement in Fort Wayne chiropractic patients for issues not
always related to the issue that brought them
into Fort Wayne Chiropractic Radiological Center for chiropractic care. Patients are thrilled!
Fort Wayne Chiropractic Radiological Center is pleased for them. Let’s contemplate 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 presented in
the medical publications 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 tied issues
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)
Fort Wayne chiropractic patients recount such issues
occasionally, so Fort Wayne Chiropractic Radiological Center is not surprised
Cervical spine issues can affect ear vessels and/or nerves bringing about hearing loss, vertigo or tinnitus. Cervical spine
injuries can produce pain and limits in range of motion. The
likelihood 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 indication
of interaction between the somatosensory and auditory brainstem structures, a
pathway linking the cervical spine to hearing function.
Researchers are working to describe the
pathway and understand better how spinal nerves like those of C2 (the second
cervical spine segment) influence 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
suffer with 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. Fort Wayne Chiropractic Radiological Center
considers this when caring for Fort Wayne cervical spine pain
patients who have a hearing loss or deficit.
CHIROPRACTIC HELP FOR Fort Wayne HEARING LOSS
RELATED TO CERVICAL SPINE ISSUES
Since that first chiropractic adjustment in 1895,
chiropractic has recorded improvement for more cases of hearing issues. A study of 90 patients who had cervicogenic
sudden hearing loss reported that those who underwent
chiropractic treatment in addition to routine medical care bettered
their hearing and alleviated their neck pain effectively
after 10 days of care. (6) A case of hearing loss and tinnitus associated with 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 issues 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 gratifying outcomes that Fort Wayne
hearing loss patients could embrace! Fort Wayne Chiropractic Radiological Center is prepared
for the opportunity to help!
CONSIDER Fort Wayne Chiropractic Radiological Center FOR RELIEF
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to experience how Fort Wayne Chiropractic Radiological Center may help relieve
cervical spine issues, neck pain and even possibly
cervical spine related hearing loss.