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Brooks Hearing Loss May Be Related to Vitamin D Loss

”What did you say?” Does this sound familiar when talking with your older parents or grandparents (and occasionally your kids)? Hearing loss is so common. It is practically an inescapable issue as we get older. Does it have to be though? Researchers are looking at it, and Soft Health and Healing Clinic is following the work to incorporate into our nutrition care! Vitamin D deficiency is again deemed a culprit in this aging side-effect.

HEARING LOSS IN ADULTS

Quite a few older Brooks adults suffer hearing loss. It is frustrating, but new research provides some direction on how to potentially prevent it. A set of researchers pointed out 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) Soft Health and Healing Clinic suggests starting with a review of your vitamin levels!

HEARING LOSS IN CHILDREN

In children who have vitamin D deficiency, 53.4% experienced hearing loss with 17% experiencing moderate-profound hearing loss. These children (and children with low calcium levels) were more apt 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 higher risk of moderate-profound hearing loss. (3) Soft Health and Healing Clinic looks out for the kids, too. Their vitamin levels and hearing need checking, 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 kind 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 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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Make your Brooks 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 check them out for your hearing loss risk and your risk of osteoporosis’ sake.

 
Soft Health and Healing Clinic presents recent research about low vitamin D levels and hearing loss.  
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