”What did you say?” Does this sound familiar
when talking with your senior parents or grandparents
(and occasionally your kids)? Hearing loss is so
common. It’s practically a foregone conclusion as we age. Does it have to be though?
Researchers are looking at it, and Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation
is following the study to incorporate into our nutrition care! Vitamin D deficiency is again deemed
a culprit in this side-effect of aging.
HEARING LOSS IN ADULTS
Many older Tonawanda adults experience
hearing loss. It’s frustrating, but new research provides
some direction on how to possibly prevent it. A set
of researchers indicated that older people 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 decreases in
femoral neck BMD and total spine BMD. (1) An additional study of participants
with no apparent hearing loss – 30 low in vitamin D, 30 low in
vitamin B12, 30 controls – documented that B12 and vitamin D deficiencies
were significantly associated with cochlear ear health and
function. It was suggested that patients with these vitamin
deficiencies should also be tested for cochlear
function. (2) Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation suggests starting with a test of your vitamin levels!
HEARING LOSS IN CHILDREN
In children who have a deficiency of vitamin D, 53.4% experienced hearing loss with 17%
experiencing moderate-profound hearing loss. These children (and
children with low calcium levels) were more apt to have
sensorineural hearing loss, a type of hearing loss that is less likely
to improve over time. Children with vitamin D deficiency and a femur fracture, a significantly higher rate of hearing loss was
noted. Children with low calcium levels were found to be
at increased risk of moderate-profound hearing loss. (3) Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation
looks out for the kids, too. Their vitamin levels and hearing need evaluating,
SUDDEN ONSET HEARING LOSS AND VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY
Sudden Sensory Neural Hearing Loss is another subclass
of hearing loss that requires special attention in children and
adults. When this sort of hearing loss happens, steroids are a common treatment. Patients
with adequate vitamin D levels recovered fully.
87.5% of vitamin D deficient patients
and 12.5% of insufficient vitamin D level patients did not react in any way. Vitamin
D was more evident in SSNHL patients than healthy patients. (4) Vitamin
D is so important!
CONTACT Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation
Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr.
Michael Johnson as he illustrates the role of nutrition
in the care of the disc and spine in The Cox® Technic
System of Spinal Pain Management.
Schedule your Tonawanda chiropractic
appointment soon. Whether you are tired of being the one asking “Huh?” or answering “Huh?,” you and your vitamin D
levels are important to us! Let us check
them out for your hearing loss risk and your risk of osteoporosis’ sake.