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Cervical Spine Related Hearing Loss and Neck Pain Relief with Chiropractic

The timeless 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) So interesting! Today’s research studies help explain and corroborate the connection of hearing and cervical spine pain issues. Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. hears stories of improvement in Auburn chiropractic patients for issues not always related to the issue that brought them into Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. for chiropractic care. Patients are delighted! Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. is pleased for them. Let us reflect on this side-effect of hearing loss improvement after chiropractic spinal manipulation.

THE HEARING AND CERVICAL SPINE CONNECTION

Hearing loss is not that unusual with cervical spine issues. The relationship of cervical spine and hearing has been presented in the medical publications for years and years. In 1994, one author presented an idea 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 attached conditions 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) Auburn chiropractic patients recount such conditions sometimes, so Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. is not surprised at all.

Cervical spine issues can affect ear vessels and/or nerves causing hearing loss, vertigo or tinnitus. Cervical spine injuries can cause 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) Further, there is evidence of interaction between the somatosensory and auditory brainstem structures, a pathway linking the cervical spine to hearing function. Researchers are seeking ways 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 stretching to the cochlear nucleus. (4) Patients who have Kimmerle’s anomaly – an anatomical variant of the first cervical segment (C1) – often experience 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. Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. considers this when treating Auburn cervical spine pain patients who have a hearing loss or deficit.

CHIROPRACTIC HELP FOR Auburn HEARING LOSS RELATED TO CERVICAL SPINE ISSUES

Since that first chiropractic adjustment in 1895, chiropractic has documented improvement for more patients with hearing issues. A study of 90 patients who had cervicogenic sudden hearing loss recorded 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 linked to cervicogenic neck pain in a female patient whose hearing and tinnitus were improved after having 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 end of 5 months of care. An audiogram was normal, too. (7) These are gratifying outcomes that Auburn hearing loss patients could welcome! Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. is up for the opportunity to help!

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