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McHenry Hearing Loss May Be Related to Vitamin D Loss

“Huh?” Does this sound familiar when talking with your senior parents or grandparents (and sometimes your kids)? Hearing loss is so common. It is almost an inescapable issue as we age. Does it have to be that way? Researchers are looking at it, and Spengel Chiropractic is following the study to incorporate into our nutrition care! Vitamin D deficiency is again considered a culprit in this side-effect of aging.

HEARING LOSS IN ADULTS

Many older McHenry adults experience hearing loss. It’s frustrating, but new research provides some direction on how to potentially avert it. A group of researchers pointed out that older folks are at risk of hearing loss and osteoporosis. Vitamin D levels are tested in both conditions. Bone mineral density and hearing loss have been associated in the research. These researchers revealed that low vitamin D levels were associated to low-frequency and speech-frequency hearing loss as were 1-unit decreases 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 associated with cochlear ear health and function. It was proposed that patients with these vitamin deficiencies should also be examined for cochlear function. (2) Spengel Chiropractic proposes starting with a test of your vitamin levels!

HEARING LOSS IN CHILDREN

In children who have a deficiency of vitamin D, 53.4% experienced 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 likely to improve 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 found to be at increased risk of moderate-profound hearing loss. (3) Spengel Chiropractic 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 children and adults. When this type of hearing loss occurs, steroids are a typical treatment. Patients with sufficient vitamin D levels recovered completely. 87.5% of patients with vitamin D deficiency and 12.5% of patients with insufficient vitamin D levels did not respond in any way. Vitamin D was more obvious in SSNHL patients than healthy patients. (4) Vitamin D is so important!

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Schedule your McHenry chiropractic appointment now. Whether you are fed up with being the one asking “Huh?” or answering “Huh?,” you and your vitamin D levels are important to us! Let us check them out for your hearing loss risk and your risk of osteoporosis’ sake.

 
Spengel Chiropractic presents new research about low vitamin D levels and hearing loss.  
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