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San Jose Hearing Loss May Be Related to Vitamin D Loss

”What did you say?” Does this sound typical when chatting with your older parents or grandparents (and occasionally your children)? Hearing loss is so common. It is almost an inescapable issue as we age. Does it have to be though? Researchers are studying it, and Chiropractic Solutions is following the work 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 San Jose adults suffer hearing loss. It is frustrating, but new research offers some direction on how to possibly avert it. A set of researchers pointed out that older people are at risk of hearing loss and osteoporosis. Vitamin D levels are considered in both conditions. Bone mineral density and hearing loss have been associated in the research. These researchers discovered that low vitamin D levels were associated 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 without apparent hearing loss – 30 low in vitamin D, 30 low in vitamin B12, 30 controls – found that B12 and vitamin D deficiencies were significantly associated with cochlear ear health and function. It was proposed that patients with these vitamin deficiencies should also be examined for cochlear function. (2) Chiropractic Solutions suggests starting with a look at 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 (as well as children with low calcium levels) were more likely to experience sensorineural hearing loss, a type of hearing loss that is less liable to get better 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 Solutions looks out for the kids, too. Their vitamin levels and hearing need checking, too!

SUDDEN ONSET HEARING LOSS AND VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY

Sudden Sensory Neural Hearing Loss is another type of hearing loss that requires special attention in children and adults. When this sort of hearing loss occurs, steroids are a common treatment. Patients with sufficient vitamin D levels recovered completely. 87.5% of vitamin D deficient patients 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!

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Schedule your San Jose chiropractic appointment now. 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.

 
Chiropractic Solutions presents new research about low vitamin D levels and hearing loss.  
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