Oxford Hearing Loss May Be Related to Vitamin D Loss

”What did you say?” Does this sound familiar when talking with your older parents or grandparents (and sometimes your kids)? Hearing loss is so common. It is almost a foregone conclusion as we age. Does it have to be though? Researchers are researching it, and Satterwhite Chiropractic is following the work to incorporate into our nutrition care! Vitamin D deficiency is again considered a culprit in this aging side-effect.

HEARING LOSS IN ADULTS

Many older Oxford adults experience hearing loss. It is annoying, but new research offers some direction on how to possibly prevent it. A group of researchers indicated that older people are at risk of hearing loss and osteoporosis. Vitamin D levels are tested in both conditions. Bone mineral density and hearing loss have been associated in the research. These researchers revealed that low vitamin D levels were linked to low-frequency and speech-frequency hearing loss as were 1-unit decreases in femoral neck BMD and total spine BMD. (1) Another study of participants with no 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 tested for cochlear function. (2) Satterwhite Chiropractic proposes starting with a look at your vitamin levels!

HEARING LOSS IN CHILDREN

In children with vitamin D deficiency, 53.4% experienced hearing loss with 17% experiencing moderate-profound hearing loss. These children (and children with low calcium levels) were more likely to have sensorineural hearing loss, a type of hearing loss that is less likely to get better over time. Children with vitamin D deficiency and a femur fracture, a significantly higher rate of hearing loss was noted. Children with low calcium levels were also at higher risk of moderate-profound hearing loss. (3) Satterwhite Chiropractic looks out for the kids, too. Their vitamin levels and hearing need testing, too!

SUDDEN ONSET HEARING LOSS AND VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY

Sudden Sensory Neural Hearing Loss is another type of hearing loss that needs special attention in adults or children. When this type of hearing loss occurs, steroids are a typical treatment. Patients with adequate vitamin D levels recovered completely. 87.5% of vitamin D deficient patients and 12.5% of patients with insufficient vitamin D levels did not respond at all. Vitamin D was more evident in SSNHL patients than healthy patients. (4) Vitamin D is so important!

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Make your Oxford chiropractic appointment now. Whether you are fed up with being the one asking “Huh?” or answering “Huh?,” you and your vitamin D levels are important to us! Let us check them out for your hearing loss risk and your risk of osteoporosis’ sake.

 
Satterwhite Chiropractic presents recent research about low vitamin D levels and hearing loss.  
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