From slips and spills to collisions, machine mishaps and more, accidents befall us all, but did you know that hearing loss might contribute to the risk of injury? In fact, one investigation found that those with hearing difficulties may have a doubled chance of suffering an accidental injury at work or play.
The study, published in a 2018 edition of JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery [LINK TO https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaotolaryngology/article-abstract/2676015] and involving data from the U.S. National Health Interview Survey, noted that the greater the degree of self-perceived hearing difficulty, the greater the overall accidental-injury risk.
This dovetails with other research that points to links between hearing loss and the increased risk of falling, for example. One study even showed that people with mild hearing loss had a tripled chance of reporting a fall [LINK TO https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/hearing_loss_linked_to_three_fold_ri sk_of_falling] in the prior year, and every 10-decibel increase in hearing loss further raised the odds.
The good news? Addressing hearing loss head-on could cut down on the risk of problems such as falling. Research from the University of Michigan [LINK TO https://ihpi.umich.edu/news/study-links- hearing-aids-lower-risk-dementia-depression-falls-only-1-8-older-adults-hearing] published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, for instance, showed a 13% reduced chance “of being treated for fall-related injuries” among newly diagnosed hearing-impaired seniors fitted with hearing aids.
It’s not necessarily conclusive why hearing loss goes hand in hand with a higher risk of accidental injury or even other issues such as dementia and depression, but one thing’s for sure: Early intervention on hearing problems can go a long way toward supporting your hearing health and overall wellness.
Has it been a while since your last hearing checkup? Do the sounds coming through your hearing technology seem less clear than they used to be? Are you ready for some increased connectivity between your hearing aids and the other smart devices that help you run your world? Don’t wait. Contact our expert team for an appointment today. Together, let’s make sure you’re hearing and communicating your best!
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