Seeking alternative help – Trying to solve the mystery: Part 2

…Just under 7 weeks after losing my hearing, I went to consult with a chiropractor. I had never been to a chiropractor before, and wanted to know his opinion about my situation. My boyfriend and I arrived for my initial consultation, and we were greeted with a handshake from a very professional-looking English guy. We immediately felt at ease. He had a calm and patient manner, and listened to my story; asking relevant questions throughout. He was so refreshing to talk to and filled us with hope and optimism. None of the hospital specialists had shown any support of my theory that an issue with my neck or jaw could have contributed to my sudden hearing loss.

The chiropractor showed us a poster similar to the one below:

Note that the vertebrae C1 – C4 all have connections to the ear and hence to hearing. The chiropractor told us that it was completely plausible that a problem with my neck could be affecting my hearing; perhaps due to a restriction of blood flow or a problem affecting the auditory nerve. He obviously was interested in my case, and also showed great optimism, and pride in his work. He didn’t give us false hope. He said he could definitely help me. He felt my whole neck was ‘blocked’, and said he could help with this, and this could possibly in turn help me regain some hearing.

I continued to see the chiropractor. Each time he made similar adjustments to my neck and back. He helped me understand so much about the connections in the body, the nervous system, and how to maintain good spinal health. During one visit, he also told me a little about the history of chiropractic, something that I later looked up at home:

The history of chiropractic began in 1895 when Daniel David Palmer of Iowa performed the first chiropractic adjustment on a partially deaf janitor, Harvey Lillard. While Lillard was working without his shirt on in Palmers office, Lillard bent over to empty the trash can. Palmer noticed that Lillard had a vertebra out of position. He asked Lillard what happened, and Lillard replied, “I moved the wrong way, and I heard a ‘pop’ in my back, and that’s when I lost my hearing.” Palmer, who was also involved in many other natural healing philosophies, had Lillard lie face down on the floor and proceeded with the adjustment. The next day, Lillard told Palmer, “I can hear that rackets on the streets.” This experience led Palmer to open a school of chiropractic two years later. (Wikepedia)

So there is a direct link between chiropractic adjustments and the restoration of hearing, after hearing loss has been experienced!

I continue to see my chiropractor every few weeks now, and my neck is feeling much better. Although there has been no miracle cure, I am happy to know that I have taken the time to sort out a problem that I have lived with for so long, and will continue to practise good spinal health. I also continue to refuse to lose all hope in one day possibly experiencing some improvement in my condition. I’m not saying that I believe I will have a complete recovery, more that our bodies take time to heal and maybe one day things could improve for me or become more comfortable.

I also went to see an osteopath. He was an interesting man, who was obviously passionate about his work, and keen to continue to learn new things about the body. He also specialized in Chinese medicine. He took another different outlook on possible reasons for my hearing loss. It was my first time consulting with an osteopath. He asked me lots of general health questions about my digestion, whether I had bladder infections, and how well I sleep. He placed his hands on different parts of my body and said that there was a blocked channel of blood flow to my head. He also said that there was a problem with the membrane in my deaf ear. He placed little stickers on different parts of my body; some on my feet; white quartz stickers on my jaw next to my ear, which were positioned on acupuncture points; and mustard seeds on pressure points on my ear – relating to the ear, nervous system and jaw. I had to press the mustard seeds firmly throughout the day. During future visits he also explained that he could feel my deaf ear was ‘impacted with pressure’. He did lots of things to help with blood flow to the ear; applying light pressure in different areas. He also talked about how the kidney is directly associated with hearing in Chinese medicine. The osteopath was obviously a very divergent thinker. Nevertheless, the little white stickers that he placed next to my ears did provide some relief from the ear pressure I experience. I also continue to stay in touch with him, and see him every month or so. He finds my case interesting. He explained to me that he can easily fix something like tennis elbow, but my case was something he hadn’t seen before and it intrigued him. He enjoyed the challenge of exploring his manuals for possible methods of help, and then putting these strategies into practise.  He also filled me with hope and said that if the doctors can’t find the answer, then maybe he can, or maybe a physiotherapist, or someone else. He urged me to never stop seeking help.

I continue to feel that whilst the hospital specialists still have no answer as to a reason for my loss of hearing, that it could be related to something skeletal or other ongoing issues with my body. Maybe just one factor or, possibly more likely, a few issues working together to have caused my hearing loss.


Author: myhearinglossstory

Hi, My name is Carly. I am 36 years old and I am currently living in Spain. I am originally from a small seaside town in Yorkshire called Bridlington, and have also lived in China and Thailand. I am an Early Years primary school teacher, and have been teaching for more than 12 years. I love walking in the countryside, getting lost in Madrid, going out for breakfast, taking photos, listening to music, storytelling podcasts, baking, running, drinking wine, and eating spicy food. In August 2016, I experienced sudden sensorineural hearing loss in my left ear. I started this blog as a way to inform my friends and family about my progress, for anyone else who is going through a similar experience as me, or for anybody who is interested in learning about this type of hearing loss, and the way it can affect everyday life.

31 thoughts on “Seeking alternative help – Trying to solve the mystery: Part 2”

      1. Oh, Carly. Do they still say you have cochlear hydrops? Or have they come up with anything? I know your hearing loss is a mystery. Thinking of you through all of this.

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      2. One specialist said i do have hydrops and another specialist doesn’t agree with the diagnosis! Been seeing a maxillofacial specialist about my jaw also and waiting for some results…. Hopefully i will have some kind of answer in the end! Thank you x

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  1. I think its important to listen to your gut and if you feel like its skeletal it may be…I think our bodies have a way of telling us what is wrong. I am impressed with your persistence. I was told that my hearing loss is likely from ‘dead nerves’ but they really don’t have a clue, just that it happened…because I have no extra income I have been unable to explore it further but I do hope to one day get answers. I look forward to continuing to learn about your journey and what developments there may be! Stay positive 😀

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    1. Hello Sarah. Yes, i also think we should follow our instincts. I am very aware I’m not a doctor, but I want to know that i have explored as many possibilities as i am able to. I was diagnosed by one specialist with cochlear hydrops (that they said was probably the culprit of my loss of hearing) – but they said that something will have caused it, but they didn’t know what – it could be anything! Yes, it has cost me a lot of money and time and effort…I know I will have to stop one day…
      I am continuing with my own research though, and will let you know if i ever find any information that could help you too. Take care. Carly

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  2. Hi Carly, i wanted to let you know that you are not alone in your pursuit for an alternative cure to your current condition..i went through (been goin through still) the same process too..i have also long been under medication for several complicated medical concerns and it wasn’t easy…it was very hard. was very difficult. I am still fighting..and i hope to win the battle soon. However if i don’t, i know if i lose the battle i still have a war to fight…

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      1. Oh that’s so great you could find comfort in my posts. Before I lost my hearing i was always so private regarding any health issues. Now, after my sudden sensorineural hearing loss, i am telling the world about my health! It’s actually very liberating and i think its good to raise some awareness about these little known conditions. Thank you again for such a great comment. Carly

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  3. My heart goes out to you because my father experienced deafness throughout his adult life. I understand how difficult your situation is, but not hopeless. Prayers go out for an answer is found, and quickly

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  4. It’s interesting to learn how all parts of our body function seamlessly together and that we can’t really isolate any part in favour of the other. I believe with the diligent care and approaches you embark on an answer will be found. Be well.

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  5. You would benefit from A. R.T. treatment as well. A.R.T. stands for active release techniques; it addresses problems with the fascia, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. I worked with the client, a breast cancer survivor, on her neck issues. She was deaf on one ear. One day she came to the office and told me that she was able to hear the church bells for the first time in five years! And it happened just in one month of weekly neck treatments.

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    1. Hello. This is so interesting and positive. Is this treatment something that a specialist of craniofacial rehabilitation could help with? I have an appointment in a few weeks with one…Thank you for sharing the story. It is stories like these that give me hope 🙂 Best wishes. Carly


      1. That should someone who is A.R.T. Certified. The best thing to do is to visit and find the practitioner in your area. But, first of all, read about this modality and get excited about what it can do for you 🙂

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