Groton Hearing Loss May Be Related to Vitamin D Loss

“Huh?” Does this sound familiar when chatting with your senior parents or grandparents (and sometimes your kids)? Hearing loss is so common. It’s practically a foregone conclusion as we age. Does it have to be though? Researchers are researching it, and Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office is following the study 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 Groton adults suffer hearing loss. It is frustrating, but new research provides some direction on how to possibly avert it. A group 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 associated 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 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 recommended that patients with these vitamin deficiencies should also be tested for cochlear function. (2) Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office proposes starting with a review of your vitamin levels!

HEARING LOSS IN CHILDREN

In children with a deficiency of vitamin D, 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 noted. Children with low calcium levels were also at higher risk of moderate-profound hearing loss. (3) Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office 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 requires special attention in adults or children. When this type of hearing loss occurs, steroids are a typical treatment. Patients with adequate vitamin D levels recovered fully. 87.5% of vitamin D deficient patients and 12.5% of patients with insufficient vitamin D levels did not respond 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 illustrates the role of nutrition in the care of the disc and spine in The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

Make your Groton 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 check them out for your hearing loss risk and your risk of osteoporosis’ sake.

 
Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office presents new research about low vitamin D levels and hearing loss.  
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