Individuals with hearing loss are more at risk for falls.
Hearing Loss and Fallsbluefrog2022-02-24T07:26:31+00:00
Individuals with hearing loss are more at risk for falls. A fall can be detrimental at any age, causing serious concussions, injuries or even death. Elderly patients are more at risk for complications associated with falls.
Reduced environmental awareness, making it harder to notice other people, or activities in their surroundings
Decreased spatial awareness, indicating difficulties knowing where the body is in relation to other objects that may cause a fall
Decreased brain resources focusing on proper balance and walking, as more energy is used throughout the day to focus and hear conversation
People with even a mild hearing loss are 3x as likely to experience a fall. This risk increases by 140% for every 10 dB of additional hearing loss *see reference below
The negative impact of untreated hearing loss can have serious impacts, particularly when the incidence of falls increases. Early adoption of hearing aids and regular use is an easy way to reduce the likelihood of a fall, which could have serious long standing consequences.