Hearing Loss and Falling
Hearing loss has been shown to negatively impact physical, emotional, and social well-being. This can affect daily experiences like social skills, family relationships, and self-esteem. Studies suggest that seniors with hearing loss have a greater risk of depression and social isolation. They are also 3X more likely to have a history of falling than those with normal hearing.1
Hearing loss makes people less aware of their environment, so they don’t notice other people or activities around them. In addition, hearing loss causes the brain to use more resources for interpreting speech and sound. As a result, this leaves less mental energy for other tasks such as balancing.
Falling also creates an emotional burden for the elderly. The fear of falling and getting injured can raise stress levels, resulting in limited physical and social activities. For many people, the fear of falling can be embarrassing and can affect their desire to remain independent.
Maintain Hearing Health
It’s important to treat hearing loss now to reduce the risk of falling and accidents. Here are some tips to stay on top of your hearing health:
- Test your hearing annually.
- Stay active and mentally stimulated.
- Reduce your time in noisy areas.
- Light up your living space.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- If you have hearing aids, be sure to wear them.