Kind attention:
Due to COVID-19 we have all been advised Social Isolation by health authority and government. We all know how important social isolation is in this current situation. However we must be socially connected through social media, phone calls and/or video call. People with hearing & balance difficulty will be feeling more alone in this situation as you would have had to cancel your visit to the audiology clinic.
However we wish to inform everyone that we are very much available over the phone and we'll try our best to help you. You can contact us through phone, text, email or whatsapp.
These times are hard, but they will pass.
Stay safe.
Dr. Deepak Kumar
Annette Beck
The Audiology Clinic 083 3126299, info@audiologyclinic.ie
www.audiologyclinic.ie

Hearing Loss And The Risk Of Falling

Hearing Loss And The Risk Of Falling

It is well evident that the untreated hearing loss can lead to a variety of medical, social and cognitive issues. But did you know that untreated hearing loss can also increase the risk of falling?

How hearing loss is linked to falls

Fall is common among people over 65. A study done by John Hopkins School of Medicine and the National Institute of Aging indicates that the hearing loss significantly increases the risk of falls in older people. The most surprising was that even mild hearing loss can increase the risk of fall by three times. As per the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one out of four older adults falls each year.

Falls especially in elderly causes most frequent and severe injury and this is the leading cause of death in people over the age of 65. This causes millions of annual health care cost. It also creates an emotional burden on the elderly. They fear to fall because of the risk of injury, desire to remain independent. In result, they limit their level of activity because of fear which also causes physical decline and social isolation.

Hearing loss and the risk of falling

What is the reason

There are a few reasons that hearing loss can affect balance. One of them is people with hearing loss have less awareness of their environment or other things going on around them. Another reason is that their ability to spatial awareness decreases. So they find difficult to position their body in relation to other people and objects around them. Finally, people with hearing loss use more resources for hearing and tries to understand speech and remaining fewer resources are left to use to maintain their balance.

How can we help

A study was done to find out if the hearing aids could help in improving balance. Subjective balance test was done on people with and without hearing aid. The result showed people with the hearing aid were able to maintain balance twice as long as without the hearing aid.

A through audio-vestibular (hearing & balance) assessment should be done on people with hearing and balance/dizziness difficulty. Tests results will indicate if there is a requirement for hearing aid, vestibular rehabilitation or any other treatment. Management will depend on the results of the test. This approach will decrease the risk of falls, will increase longevity and better quality of life.

Audiology Clinic

The Audiology Clinic is a private independent diagnostic audiology practice. The specialists at the audiology clinic provide prevention, assessment and management of people with hearing, tinnitus and balance (vertigo/dizziness) disorders. All patients attending the audiology clinic are seen by Doctor of Audiology Dr Deepak Kumar.

2019-06-10T07:21:11+01:00

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