The timeless story of
the first chiropractic adjustment by DD Palmer, the founder of chiropractic, involves
the hearing restoration of a deaf janitor after spinal manipulation.
(1) Fascinating! Today’s research studies
help explain and confirm the connection
of hearing and cervical spine pain issues. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic hears reports
of improvement in Eugene chiropractic patients for seemingly unrelated things that brought them
into Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic for chiropractic care. Patients are delighted!
Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic is ecstatic for them. Let’s 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 considered in
the medical publications for years and years. In
1994, one author gave 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 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)
Eugene chiropractic patients report such issues
occasionally, so Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic is not surprised
Cervical spine issues can affect ear vessels and/or nerves resulting
in hearing loss, vertigo or tinnitus. Cervical spine
injuries can trigger 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 evidence
of interaction between the somatosensory and auditory brainstem structures, a
pathway linking the cervical spine to hearing function.
Researchers are working to define 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 discovered 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. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic
considers this when making a treatment plan for Eugene cervical spine pain
patients who have a hearing loss or deficit.
CHIROPRACTIC HELP FOR Eugene 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 experienced cervicogenic
sudden hearing loss recorded that those who underwent
chiropractic treatment in addition to routine medical care recovered
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 undergoing chiropractic spinal manipulation
treatment. On a scale of 0 (no problem) to 10 (complete impairment), she graded
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 gratifying outcomes that Eugene
hearing loss patients could embrace! Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic is ready
for the chance to help!
CONSIDER Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic FOR RELIEF
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to experience how Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic may help improve
cervical spine problems, neck pain and even possibly
cervical spine related hearing loss.