Why Hearing Loss Increases the Risk of Falling
What’s behind this increased risk of falling? According to the study cited above, there are several possible reasons for a connection between hearing loss and falls. These include:
Dysfunction of the inner ear.
Problems inside the inner ear that interfere with the ability to hear may also affect the part of the inner ear that’s responsible for balance.
Reduced environmental awareness.
Losing the ability to hear may deprive us of important auditory cues, making us less aware of our surroundings and therefore more prone to falls.
An “overloaded” brain.
When you are experiencing hearing loss, your brain must work overtime to make sense of the sounds around you. Constantly straining to hear can deplete the “attentional resources” needed for maintaining posture and balance.
How Can Hearing Aids Help?
If you or a loved one have fallen unexpectedly and experienced an injury, it’s important to consult with a medical professional to determine the exact reason for your accident and what you can do to prevent such occurrences in the future.
Hearing aids are not a safeguard against falls, but they can be helpful for alleviating the symptoms of hearing loss and helping you live your best and most fulfilling life.
Today’s hearing aids are available in a range of styles to suit a variety of lifestyles, ages and types of hearing loss. Click the link below to book a free appointment with a Beltone hearing care professional and begin your journey to better hearing.
More About Untreated Hearing Loss
Multiple major studies have found a connection between hearing loss and an increased risk for dementia. Consider the findings of a 12-year study by researchers at Johns Hopkins¹:Mild hearing loss doubled an adult’s risk of dementia
Moderate hearing loss tripled the risk
Severe hearing impairment made adults five times more likely to develop dementia
The connection between depression and hearing loss should come as no surprise. When a formerly gregarious person is no longer able to socialize or participate in beloved activities, the mental toll can be significant and lasting. Learn how to recognize the signs of depression and how you can act in defense of your mental health.
Untreated hearing loss can put a strain on many aspects of your personal life. Everything from casual interactions with strangers to your closest relationships with friends and family are likely to be affected by your inability to understand speech or distinguish between the mix of sounds in your environment.