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Those With Hearing Loss Have A Higher Chance Of Physical Injuries

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Hearing loss can sometimes be dismissed as an issue of inconvenience—something that may annoy the person with hearing loss but has no further ramifications. But, as our doctors of audiology here at Hearing & Balance Doctors try to emphasize to patients, there are many serious consequences to untreated hearing loss.

Issues ranging from depression to increased risk of cognitive decline, there are plenty of reasons to ensure that your hearing loss is treated early. On top of these associated problems, research has linked to an increased risk of physical injuries to untreated hearing loss.

Link Between Hearing Loss And Higher Risk Of Injuries

One 2007 study looked at the connection between children with hearing loss and the increased risk of physical injuries. In general, children can be accident-prone as they are growing, getting used to the changes in their bodies, and are a little reckless.

Yet, when researchers looked at the data gathered from the medical records of 138,111 children through the ages of 1-18 years old, they were surprised to see that there was a potential connection between injury and hearing loss. Children who were hearing impaired were over twice as likely as their hearing peers to be injured and need medical care.

The majority of these injuries were caused by falls, which the researchers posited that the children with hearing loss couldn’t hear the signs or warnings that there was something dangerous nearby, which resulted in an injury. However, hearing loss and injury does not just apply to children.

In a more recent 2018 study, researchers reviewed data from 6.6 million American adults who had experienced accidental injuries during 2007 to 2015. Those individuals who said they had difficulty hearing were twice as likely to become injured when compared to an adult with good or excellent hearing. Interestingly, this number tracks with the study on the children with hearing difficulty.

So, to reduce the risk of injury—as well as other associated issues with hearing loss—it is essential to undergo a diagnostic hearing evaluation to determine the extent of your hearing loss.

Hearing Aids Can Help Improve Overall Safety

With a hearing examination by our doctors of audiology, the level of hearing loss, type of hearing loss, and the extent of hearing impairment impact present can be assessed. Armed with this information, our audiologists can recommend the next steps in treating your hearing loss.

In many cases, the next step is to find the right pair of hearing aids with the guidance of our audiologists. Hearing aids may not restore any lost balance, but they can definitely help in detecting when there is something that may be a fall hazard.

For instance, say there is a fast-moving cyclist on the same path you are on. With hearing loss, you may not hear the sound of their bike, or if the cyclist calls “On your left,” leading to them grazing you accidentally and causing you to fall. By having properly programmed hearing aids, you can more easily navigate this world filled with sounds.

Find Hearing Aids At Hearing & Balance Doctors

As your local audiologist, we love helping our community members live happier, more fulfilled lives. And, with improved hearing, you can significantly improve your life in multiple ways.

To work with our doctors of audiology, whether you are starting your hearing impairment correction or need assistance with other hearing issues, you can contact us today to set up an appointment. We look forward to helping you achieve the best hearing possible!

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