”What did you say?” Does this sound typical when talking with your older parents or grandparents (and sometimes your children)? Hearing loss is so common. It is almost a foregone conclusion as we age. Does it have to be though? Researchers are looking at it, and Moriarty 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 Nashua adults experience hearing loss. It is annoying, but new research offers some direction on how to possibly prevent it. A group of researchers pointed out that older folks 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 found 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 without 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) Moriarty Chiropractic proposes starting with a review of your vitamin levels!
HEARING LOSS IN CHILDREN
In children who have vitamin D deficiency, 53.4% sufferered hearing loss with 17% experiencing moderate-profound hearing loss. These children (and children with low calcium levels) were more likely to have sensorineural hearing loss, a type of hearing loss that is less liable to improve over time. Children with vitamin D deficiency and a femur fracture, a significantly higher rate of hearing loss was seen. Children with low calcium levels were also at higher risk of moderate-profound hearing loss. (3) Moriarty Chiropractic looks out for the kids, too. Their vitamin levels and hearing need testing, too!
SUDDEN ONSET HEARING LOSS AND VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY
Sudden Sensory Neural Hearing Loss is another subclass of hearing loss that needs special attention in children and adults. When this sort of hearing loss happens, steroids are a common treatment. Patients with sufficient 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!
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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 Nashua chiropractic appointment today. 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.