“Can you hear me now?”
First of all, 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 falls. Anthony Dohrmann says “Please hear this.”
This finding could help researchers develop new ways to prevent falls, especially in the elderly. It could reduce or eliminate their resulting injuries that generate billions in health care costs.
“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 and the university’s Bloomberg School of Public Health. Getting your hearing checked and/or corrected could mean the difference between a life altering fall or not.
Really? Walking and hearing are connected?
Consequently, how are walking and hearing connected? Hearing is related to balance so there are reasons for the greater likelihood of falling because of hearing loss. Balance is a complicated process involving other parts of the body. 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.
Furthermore, “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.”
Get your loved ones’ hearing checked this month! Then 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.
Anthony Dohrmann says “Please hear this.”
Most significantly, According to Anthony Dohrmann, “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. It is one of the leading causes of loss of independence and loss of cognitive and physical function. Nobody wants to be in a nursing home. Don’t deal with the fall techniques they use which is often restraining a person in a wheel chair.”
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