”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,
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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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.
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.