The traditional account of
the first chiropractic adjustment by DD Palmer, the founder of chiropractic, details
the hearing return of a deaf janitor after spinal manipulation.
(1) Fascinating! Today’s research reports
help clarify and corroborate the connection
of hearing and cervical spine pain issues. Satterwhite Chiropractic hears reports
of improvement in Oxford chiropractic patients for seemingly unrelated things that brought them
into Satterwhite Chiropractic for chiropractic care. Patients are delighted!
Satterwhite Chiropractic is pleased for them. Let’s study this side-effect of hearing loss improvement after
chiropractic spinal manipulation.
THE HEARING AND CERVICAL SPINE CONNECTION
Hearing loss is not that uncommon with
cervical spine issues. The association
of cervical spine and hearing has been discussed in
the medical literature for decades. In
1994, one author submitted 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 linked 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)
Oxford chiropractic patients report such issues
sometimes, so Satterwhite Chiropractic is not surprised
Cervical spine issues can affect ear vessels and/or nerves causing hearing loss, vertigo or tinnitus. Cervical spine
injuries can trigger pain and limits in range of motion. The
chance of hearing loss in patients with limited
left rotation ability is high. Such hearing loss after a cervical spine injury
is more usual in men. (3) Additionally, there is indication
of interaction between the somatosensory and auditory brainstem structures, a
pathway connecting 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) have an effect on auditory responses (hearing).
They have found projections from C2 dorsal root ganglion extending
to the cochlear nucleus. (4) Patients who have Kimmerle’s anomaly – an
anatomical modification of the first cervical segment (C1) – often
have chronic tension-type headaches and
neurosensory-type hearing loss. (5) What does this indicate about the
connection between hearing and the cervical spine? A connection. Satterwhite Chiropractic
considers this when caring for Oxford cervical spine pain
patients with a hearing loss or deficit.
CHIROPRACTIC HELP FOR Oxford 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 experienced cervicogenic
sudden hearing loss reported that those who underwent
chiropractic treatment in addition to routine medical care recovered
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 graded
her problems a 7 at the start of care and a 1 at
the end of 5 months of care. An audiogram was normal, too. (7)
These are gratifying outcomes that Oxford
hearing loss patients could embrace! Satterwhite Chiropractic is up
for the chance to help!
CONSIDER Satterwhite Chiropractic FOR RELIEF
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to see how Satterwhite Chiropractic may help improve
cervical spine problems, neck pain and even possibly
cervical spine related hearing loss.