“Huh?” Does this sound familiar
when chatting with your older parents or grandparents
(and occasionally your children)? Hearing loss is so
common. It’s almost a foregone conclusion as we get older. Does it have to be though?
Researchers are studying it, and Johnson Chiropractic
is following the work to incorporate into our nutrition care! Vitamin D deficiency is again considered
a culprit in this aging side-effect.
HEARING LOSS IN ADULTS
Many older Richmond adults suffer
hearing loss. It is annoying, but new research provides
some direction on how to potentially avert 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 linked. These researchers discovered
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) Another 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) Johnson Chiropractic proposes starting with a review
of your vitamin levels!
HEARING LOSS IN CHILDREN
In children who have a deficiency of vitamin D, 53.4% had hearing loss with 17%
experiencing moderate-profound hearing loss. These children (as well as
children with low calcium levels) were more apt to have
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 also
at higher risk of moderate-profound hearing loss. (3) Johnson Chiropractic
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 subclass
of hearing loss that needs special attention in adults or children. When this sort of hearing loss happens, steroids are a common treatment. Patients
with adequate vitamin D levels recovered fully.
87.5% of patients with vitamin D deficiency
and 12.5% of insufficient vitamin D level patients did not react in any way. Vitamin
D was more obvious in SSNHL patients than healthy patients. (4) Vitamin
D is so important!
CONTACT Johnson Chiropractic
Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr.
Michael Johnson as he describes the role of nutrition
in the care of the disc and spine in The Cox® Technic
System of Spinal Pain Management.
Schedule your Richmond chiropractic
appointment now. Whether you are sick of being the one asking “Huh?” or answering “Huh?,” you and your vitamin D
levels are of consequence to us! Let us test
them out for your hearing loss risk and your risk of osteoporosis’ sake.
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