“Huh?” Does this sound typical
when chatting with your senior parents or grandparents
(and sometimes your children)? Hearing loss is so
common. It is practically an
inescapable issue as we age. Does it have to be that way?
Researchers are researching it, and Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic
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 Eugene adults experience
hearing loss. It is frustrating, but new research offers
some direction on how to potentially prevent it. A group
of researchers indicated that older folks 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 reductions 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 linked with cochlear ear health and
function. It was proposed that patients with these vitamin
deficiencies should also be tested for cochlear
function. (2) Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic suggests starting with a test of 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 as
well as a femur fracture, a significantly higher rate of hearing loss was
seen. Children with low calcium levels were also
at higher risk of moderate-profound hearing loss. (3) Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic
looks out for the kids, too. Their vitamin levels and hearing need checking,
SUDDEN ONSET HEARING LOSS AND VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY
Sudden Sensory Neural Hearing Loss is another type
of hearing loss that needs special attention in children and
adults. When this sort of hearing loss is
encountered, steroids are a common treatment. Patients
with adequate vitamin D levels recovered completely.
87.5% of patients with vitamin D deficiency
and 12.5% of patients with insufficient
vitamin D levels did not react at all. Vitamin
D was more evident in SSNHL patients than healthy patients. (4) Vitamin
D is so important!
CONTACT Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic
Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr.
Michael Johnson as he describes the nutritional care of the disc and spine in The Cox® Technic
System of Spinal Pain Management.
Schedule your Eugene chiropractic
appointment soon. Whether you are tired of being the one asking “Huh?” or answering “Huh?,” you and your vitamin D
levels are of consequence to us! Let’s test
them out for your hearing loss risk and your risk of osteoporosis’ sake.
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