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Hearing Deficits and Trauma | Hearing Loss Recovery Los Angeles
Many people have experienced a loss of hearing following motor vehicle accidents and other traumas. What could be the connection? In the following blog, we will discuss how trauma can lead to a plethora of health conditions including hearing loss.
Neck Injury And Hearing Loss
The incidents of hearing loss following head trauma are quite significant. Head injuries are sustained by 5% of the population annually. The incidence of hearing loss shortly after mild head trauma in the literature ranges from 7% to 50% (Fitzgerald, 1996).
Our office in Los Angeles Specializes in correcting upper cervical spine misalignments due to whiplash and other injuries. Upper Neck misalignments impact the nervous system and can cause a host of health problems including hearing loss.
There are numerous studies that implicate neck trauma being associated with hearing loss and its return through correction of spinal misalignment. (1)
Vestibular Disease And Hearing Loss
Vestibular diseases such as Meniere's Disease and Hydrops often have hearing loss as one of the symptoms associated with the syndrome. We have written extensive articles on both of these subjects in our blogging efforts. Part of the mechanism involved in Hydrops and Meniere's is the Eustachian tube's inability to stay clear.
There have been theories proposed that implicate that the muscles lining the Eustachian tube lose their normal tone and as a result, there is a closing off of the canal. All of us have had the feel of our ear being "clogged". Although this hearing loss is mechanical in nature it can be just as devastating as true neurological hearing deficits.
What Can Upper Cervical Chiropractic Do Help With Hearing Loss?
Both of the variants of hearing loss we have discussed can have the cause rooted in an upper cervical spine injury. Upper Cervical Chiropractic is a unique health discipline whose goal is to correct spinal misalignments impacting the nervous system. When someone sustains an injury to the neck, there is soft tissue damage surrounding the joints. The result is spinal misalignment and interference to the central nervous system.
Upper Cervical Doctors are specially trained to correct these spinal misalignments so the body can function at its best. Meniere's disease and hearing loss following traumatic injury has responded well following upper cervical chiropractic corrective care.
This should not be surprising though. The anatomy and neurology of the upper cervical spine are intimately related to the neurological control centers that control both hearing and inner ear function.
What Does An Upper Cervical Chiropractor Do?
When a patient undergoes Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care great lengths are taken to precisely correct the spinal misalignment at the base of the skull. As discussed above, the upper cervical spine is the control center for most body functions.
A battery of neurological tests is performed on the first visit to determine whether the patient has a spinal misalignment impacting the central nervous system. If this is determined a precise series of x-rays(FIG.1) are taken which view the joints between the head and the skull.
These joints are mirror images and it is essential to know what direction the misalignment exists and the angulation of the individual's joints. Once this information is determined a precise, gentle correction is made to restore joint motion and relieve neurological interference.
The patient is then monitored over time to ensure that the correction is stabilizing. Our goal is for you to heal and repair in your normal position so lasting long term health gains are realized.