A Study Shows a Connection Between Hearing Loss and The Risk Of Falling

Posted on April 18, 2012. Filed under: 1, hearing education, hearing educatoin, hearing health, hearing loss | Tags: , , , , |

There are many factors that can create a higher risk of falling, these include:  muscle weaknesses, slower reflexes, and poor vision, among others.  A new study has found a correlation between hearing loss and how it can increase an older adults’ risk of falling.

The study conducted in part by Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, collected data from 2,017 people, ranging in ages from 40 to 59 years old. A standardized test was implement and the results showed that 14 percent of these individuals had at least mild hearing loss, and about 5 percent reported having fallen in the past year. As the study showed “People with a 25-decibel hearing loss, considered mild, were three times as likely to have fallen as were those with no hearing loss, even after taking into account balance issues. As hearing loss increased, so did the likelihood of taking a tumble.”

This can shed a light on the importance of the treatment and correct diagnosis of hearing damage. It not only affects the way in which we interact with others but it can also increase the risk of falling in many. Receive the correct care and hearing aids by a professional audiologist can make a big difference.

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