Cervical Spine Related Hearing Loss and Neck Pain Relief with Chiropractic12/05/2017The 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. Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC hears reports of improvement in Fort Wayne chiropractic patients for issues not always related to the issue that brought them into Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC for chiropractic care. Patients are thrilled! Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC 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 Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC is not surprised at all. 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. Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC 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! Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC is prepared for the opportunity to help! CONSIDER Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC FOR RELIEF Listen to this PODCAST about how Cox Technic eases cervical spine related neck pain and shoulder pain. Schedule a Fort Wayne chiropractic visit to experience how Cox Chiropractic Medicine INC may help relieve cervical spine issues, neck pain and even possibly cervical spine related hearing loss. « View All Spine 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."