”What did you say?” Does this sound familiar
when chatting with your older parents or grandparents
(and sometimes your children)? Hearing loss is so
common. It’s almost an
inescapable issue as we age. Does it have to be that way?
Researchers are researching it, and Back And Neck Care Center
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 Severna Park adults suffer
hearing loss. It’s annoying, but new research gives
some direction on how to potentially avert it. A group
of researchers indicated 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 linked to low-frequency and
speech-frequency hearing loss as were 1-unit reductions 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 linked with cochlear ear health and
function. It was recommended that patients with these vitamin
deficiencies should also be checked for cochlear
function. (2) Back And Neck Care Center suggests starting with a look at your vitamin levels!
HEARING LOSS IN CHILDREN
In children with vitamin
D deficiency, 53.4% sufferered 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 as
well as a femur fracture, a significantly higher rate of hearing loss was
seen. Children with low calcium levels were also
at increased risk of moderate-profound hearing loss. (3) Back And Neck Care Center
looks out for the kids, too. Their vitamin levels and hearing need testing,
SUDDEN ONSET HEARING LOSS AND VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY
Sudden Sensory Neural Hearing Loss is another subset
of hearing loss that needs special attention in children and
adults. When this type of hearing loss is
encountered, steroids are a common treatment. Patients
with adequate vitamin D levels recovered completely.
87.5% of patients with vitamin D deficiency
and 12.5% of insufficient vitamin D level patients did not react at all. Vitamin
D was more obvious in SSNHL patients than healthy patients. (4) Vitamin
D is so important!
CONTACT Back And Neck Care Center
Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr.
Michael Johnson as he illustrates the nutritional care of the disc and spine in The Cox® Technic
System of Spinal Pain Management.
Schedule your Severna Park 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’s check
them out for your hearing loss risk and your risk of osteoporosis’ sake.
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