The classic story of
the first chiropractic adjustment by DD Palmer, the founder of chiropractic, involves
the hearing return of a deaf janitor after spinal manipulation.
(1) So interesting! Today’s research studies
help describe and confirm the connection
of hearing and cervical spine pain issues. Pflugerville Wellness Center hears reports
of improvement in Pflugerville chiropractic patients for issues not
always related to the issue that brought them
into Pflugerville Wellness Center for chiropractic care. Patients are elated!
Pflugerville Wellness Center 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 connection
of cervical spine and hearing has been presented in
the medical publications for years and years. In
1994, one author submitted an idea of the
existence of a “vertebragenic hearing disorder” that accompanies
with tinnitus, a feeling of ear pressure, otalgia and deafness due to
functional deficit of the upper cervical spine. He tied 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)
Pflugerville chiropractic patients report such issues
sometimes, so Pflugerville Wellness Center is not shocked
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 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 seeking ways to define 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 extending
to the cochlear nucleus. (4) Patients who have Kimmerle’s anomaly – an
anatomical modification 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. Pflugerville Wellness Center
considers this when making a treatment plan for Pflugerville cervical spine pain
patients with a hearing loss or deficit.
CHIROPRACTIC HELP FOR Pflugerville HEARING LOSS
RELATED TO CERVICAL SPINE ISSUES
Since that first chiropractic adjustment in 1895,
chiropractic has documented improvement for more cases of hearing issues. A study of 90 patients who experienced cervicogenic
sudden hearing loss reported that those who had
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 graded
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 Pflugerville
hearing loss patients could accept! Pflugerville Wellness Center is up
for the opportunity to help!
CONSIDER Pflugerville Wellness Center FOR RELIEF
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about how Cox Technic eases cervical spine related
neck pain and shoulder pain.
Schedule a Pflugerville chiropractic appointment
to explore how Pflugerville Wellness Center may help improve
cervical spine issues, neck pain and even potentially
cervical spine related hearing loss.