Question: Is there a connection between falling and hearing loss?
Answer: A John Hopkins study from 2012 found that older adults with mild hearing loss were nearly three times more likely to have a history of falling. Decreased hearing also contributes to decreased ability for spatial awareness (what is happening around you). In addition, there is an increased cognitive “load” on the brain from attempting to interpret and understand speech due to the hearing loss. Together, these processes contribute to unsteadiness and sometimes falls.
Identifying and treating hearing loss improves spatial awareness and clarity for understanding. Think of hearing health as essential to your total body’s performance, because bodily systems are all interconnected. Neglecting your hearing care has progressive impact on your overall health.
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