The timeless 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) Fascinating! Today’s research reports
help clarify and confirm the connection
of hearing and cervical spine pain issues. Watertown Wellness Center hears reports
of improvement in Watertown chiropractic patients for issues not
always related to the issue that brought them
into Watertown Wellness Center for chiropractic care. Patients are elated!
Watertown Wellness Center is excited for them. Let us contemplate 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 problems. The connection
of cervical spine and hearing has been considered in
the medical literature for years and years. In
1994, one author gave 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 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)
Watertown chiropractic patients recount such conditions
sometimes, so Watertown Wellness Center is not surprised
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
possibility 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 joining 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 discovered projections from C2 dorsal root ganglion extending
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. Watertown Wellness Center
considers this when treating Watertown cervical spine pain
patients who have a hearing loss or deficit.
CHIROPRACTIC HELP FOR Watertown 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 recorded that those who underwent
chiropractic treatment in addition to routine medical care improved
their hearing and eased 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 problems 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 satisfying outcomes that Watertown
hearing loss patients could accept! Watertown Wellness Center is up
for the chance to help!
CONSIDER Watertown Wellness Center FOR RELIEF
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to experience how Watertown Wellness Center may help improve
cervical spine issues, neck pain and even potentially
cervical spine related hearing loss.