”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,
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!
CONTACT Chiropractic Solutions
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 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.
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