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Baton Rouge Hearing Loss May Be Related to Vitamin D Loss

April 13, 2021

”What did you say?” Does this sound familiar when chatting with your older parents or grandparents (and occasionally your children)? Hearing loss is so common. It is practically a foregone conclusion as we get older. Does it have to be that way? Researchers are studying it, and Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers is following the study to incorporate into our nutrition care! Vitamin D deficiency is again considered a culprit in this side-effect of aging.


Quite a few older Baton Rouge adults experience hearing loss. It’s frustrating, but new research provides some direction on how to potentially prevent it. A set of researchers pointed out that older folks 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 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 with no 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 suggested that patients with these vitamin deficiencies should also be tested for cochlear function. (2) Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers proposes starting with a review of your vitamin levels!


In children with a deficiency of vitamin D, 53.4% experienced hearing loss with 17% experiencing moderate-profound hearing loss. These children (and 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 noted. Children with low calcium levels were found to be at higher risk of moderate-profound hearing loss. (3) Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers looks out for the kids, too. Their vitamin levels and hearing need checking, too!


Sudden Sensory Neural Hearing Loss is another subset of hearing loss that needs special attention in children and adults. When this sort of hearing loss happens, steroids are a typical treatment. Patients with sufficient vitamin D levels recovered fully. 87.5% of patients with vitamin D deficiency and 12.5% of patients with insufficient vitamin D levels did not react in any way. Vitamin D was more evident in SSNHL patients than healthy patients. (4) Vitamin D is so important!

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Schedule your Baton Rouge chiropractic appointment today. 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.

Medical Spine and Sports Injury and Rehab Centers presents recent research about low vitamin D levels and hearing loss.