Risk of falling is three times higher in patients with hearing loss compared to those with normal hearing

The Relationship Between Auditory Function and Fall Risk | What You Need to Know

by | Sep 28, 2023 | Balance, Hearing Loss, Patient Resources

People who suffer from a hearing loss face several challenges.

Whether that’s acknowledging your diagnosis or understanding the nuances of what comes with it, it’s important to be aware of the implications of hearing loss, whether for yourself or a loved one.

Being aware of the severity of your hearing impairment can also mitigate further medical issues or discomfort you may experience alongside any auditory issues, which is why it’s important you have your ears regularly tested and catch any hearing impairments early on.

Staying in the loop with new findings and research related to hearing loss can be quite overwhelming. With so much information at your fingertips, it’s tricky to tell which articles are simply scaremongering and which you should listen to.

Here at North Houston Hearing Solutions, we want to share the important articles, studies, and findings we believe could help you in the future and keep you up to date on all things hearing.

For example, an interesting study by Joseph Sakumura, AuD, and Richard Gans, PhD, recently published in the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, examines the relationship between auditory function and potential fall risks.

With falls being a predominant cause of injury, hospitalization, and death among older adults, it’s imperative you understand the associated risks if you suffer from hearing loss, cognitive impairment, or vestibular dysfunction.

We’ve outlined findings from the above study about these three common variables affecting fall risk to break things down for you and hopefully help you understand a bit more about your hearing condition.

Hearing Loss

If you suffer from hearing loss, the study reports that your risk of falling is three times higher than people with no hearing loss.

Simply put, if you suffer from hearing loss, especially untreated, you are at a much higher risk of having a fall in later life that could be detrimental to your health.

Cognitive Impairment

The study also found that those with mild cognitive impairment are fourteen times more likely to be at risk of a fall and have degraded postural stability.

Vestibular Dysfunction

Patients with vestibular dysfunction have been reported to have a twelve times increase in risk of falling.

How We Can Help You

Although these are seemingly daunting statistics to read, recent research suggests that you can mitigate the risk of falling by improving these functions. Early intervention is key with hearing loss, and our ongoing support will allow you to upgrade and alter your hearing solutions as your hearing needs change.

If you’ve already started noticing the signs of hearing loss, either in yourself or someone you know, please don’t delay in reaching out. Although it seems like a big step, it’s not one that many regret taking!

At North Houston Hearing Solutions, we believe in the importance of continued care for your auditory function, which is why evaluations and hearing technology are an integral part of our advanced hearing healthcare philosophy.

Your journey to better hearing should put you at the center.

Investing in your future hearing health is more than purchasing a device. Here at North Houston Hearing Solutions, we can help you start your journey to better hearing. You’ll receive the most advanced audiological care in North Houston, and we’ll put your needs in the spotlight.

Whether you’re looking to begin your hearing care journey or are just looking to learn a little bit more about how we can help you, you can request a callback or you can take the next step and schedule your appointment today!

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Dr. Lacey Brooks, CCC-A, FAAA - Doctor of Audiology

Dr. Lacey Brooks received a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry in 2003, and earned her Doctorate of Audiology in 2009. She completed her clinical internships and residency at various facilities within Houston Medical Center. Dr. Brooks is a preferred provider for the American Institute of Balance (ABI), a professional member of the American Tinnitus Association (ATA), a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA), a member of the Texas Academy of Audiology (TAA) and is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She is also the vice president of the Louisiana State University Houston Chapter Alumni Association. In addition to her years of experience identifying, diagnosing and treating all types and degrees of hearing loss, and vestibular disorders, Dr. Brooks has spent the last 13 years becoming an expert in Tinnitus management and therapy. Dr. Brooks is also one of the few providers in the country certified for Lyric Implantable Devices. For over seven years, Dr. Brooks successfully ran and operated more than six audiology clinics for one of the largest practices in the state of Texas before joining the North Houston Hearing Solutions team in 2016. Dr. Brooks prides herself on providing her patients with the highest quality of care. She loves her patients dearly and feels so fortunate that she gets to help improve their daily lives. This love, combined with her impressive skill set, business experience and passion for helping people hear has made Dr. Lacey Brooks a wonderful addition to the North Houston Hearing Solutions’ team. When not at the office, Dr. Brooks enjoys spending time with her daughter, husband, family, and friends. Dr. Brooks is also very involved in her church and with mission work in her community and abroad.

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