Cervical Spine Related Hearing Loss and Neck Pain Relief with Chiropractic

The traditional account 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 reports help describe and confirm the connection of hearing and cervical spine pain issues. Lakeshore Chiropractic hears stories of improvement in Two Rivers chiropractic patients for seemingly unrelated things that brought them into Lakeshore Chiropractic for chiropractic care. Patients are thrilled! Lakeshore Chiropractic is excited for them. Let’s consider 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 problems. The association of cervical spine and hearing has been discussed in the medical literature for years and years. In 1994, one author presented 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 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) Two Rivers chiropractic patients recount such issues occasionally, so Lakeshore Chiropractic is not shocked at all.

Cervical spine issues can affect ear vessels and/or nerves resulting in 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 common in men. (3) Further, there is indication of interaction between the somatosensory and auditory brainstem structures, a pathway connecting the cervical spine to hearing function. Researchers are working to find 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 modification of the first cervical segment (C1) – often have 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. Lakeshore Chiropractic considers this when making a treatment plan for Two Rivers cervical spine pain patients with a hearing loss or deficit.

CHIROPRACTIC HELP FOR Two Rivers 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 reported that those who had chiropractic treatment in addition to routine medical care improved 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 problems a 7 at the start of care and a 1 at the end of 5 months of care. An audiogram was normal, too. (7) These are satisfying outcomes that Two Rivers hearing loss patients could embrace! Lakeshore Chiropractic is prepared for the chance to help!

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