Falling over hearing loss
Hearing loss has been linked with a variety of medical, social and cognitive ills, including dementia. However, a new study led by a Johns Hopkins researcher suggests that hearing loss may also be a risk factor for another huge public health problem: falls. People are literally falling over hearing loss! The finding could help researchers develop new ways to prevent falls, especially in the elderly. And consequently helping to prevent their resulting injuries that generate billions in health care costs in the United States each year. First of all, "Gait and balance are things most people take for granted, but they are actually very cognitively demanding. If hearing loss imposes a cognitive load, there may be fewer cognitive resources to help with maintaining balance and gait." Frank Lin M.D. PhD, an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Getting your hearing checked and/or corrected could mean the difference between a life altering fall or not. http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/profiles/results/directory/profile/8389751/frank-lin
Hearing loss and balancing
Secondly, how is hearing related to balance and what are some of the reasons for the greater likelihood of falling because of hearing loss? Balance is a complicated process involving other parts of the body. However, one of the most crucial parts is the one found within the inner ear. The vestibular systems within the inner ear keeps track of the movements of the head and reports them to the brain. We know hearing loss can be connected to falls. We don’t want your loved one to fall, and if they do, we want to get them help asap.
- Have your hearing checked
- Stay active
- Purchase the best medical alert system in case you do fall
- Breathe deep and relax in the peace knowing your are protected
We do not want you falling and laying alone, unattended. Get your hearing checked and then call us! We can help with the rest.
Seniors with hearing loss are at high risk for falling
Significantly, “One-third of all seniors 65 and older fall every year. If there is just a modest 25 decibel hearing loss for people in their senior years, they have an increase of over 300 percent in their risk of falls. Falling is the number one cause of accidental death and one of the leading causes of loss of independence, loss of cognitive and physical function. Nobody wants to be in a nursing home and dealing with the fall prevention techniques they use which is often restraining that person in a wheel chair. No one wants their loved one to experience 10-18 hours waiting for somebody to discover them. And surely no one wants to be the one waiting those horrific 10-18 hours…alone. Especially if they could have had immediate intervention. That's what the electronic caregiver does. It connects them to another human immediately and that caring EMT stays with them until such time as their first responders arrive on scene.” Anthony Dohrmann; CEO Electronic Caregiver
Hearing checked and peace of mind
And finally, it bears repeating: “Gait and balance are things most people take for granted, but they are actually very cognitively demanding,” Lin said. “If hearing loss imposes a cognitive load, there may be fewer cognitive resources to help with maintaining balance and gait.” Frank Lin, M.D., Ph.D. John Hopkins Get your loved ones’ hearing checked! Call us for information on how we can keep them safer as they age-in-place. And how we can give you some peace of mind.
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