Falls & Hearing Loss Find Answers

Growing evidence suggests that hearing loss may increase a person’s risk of falling and experiencing a serious injury. Keep reading to learn how you can help prevent injury to yourself or a loved one.

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What’s the Link Between Falling and Hearing Loss?

Here’s something you may already know: Many of us experience a decrease in our strength, stamina and physical coordination as we age. But did you know that hearing loss is directly connected to our risk of falling and potentially suffering a serious injury?

Unfortunately, it’s true. One study found that even mild hearing loss tripled someone’s risk of an accidental fall. The risk increased by 140% for every additional 10 decibels of hearing loss.¹

That’s a serious problem, and one that shouldn’t be ignored.

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.
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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.

Social Isolation

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.

two men sitting outside
two men sitting outside

Understanding Hearing Loss

Hearing loss—or hearing impairment—is a reduction in your ability to hear. It can happen gradually or relatively quickly. At Beltone, we want to help you understand hearing loss and find the right solution.

old couple on the beach
old couple on the beach

Types & Causes of Hearing Loss

Hearing impairment or hearing loss is a perceived reduction in your ability to hear. Your sense of hearing involves several parts of your body working together, and an issue at any point in the process can lead to a problem. Keep reading to learn more about the three types of hearing loss and the common causes.

man holding onto his ear
man holding onto his ear

What Is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a common medical condition associated with hearing loss that is often experienced as ringing, hissing, buzzing or roaring in the ears. If you are experiencing these symptoms—intermittently or constantly—a Beltone hearing care professional can help you get relief.