They’re typically unexpected and can happen anytime. They sometimes end with a giggle but often are far more serious. They’re falls, and preventing them can help preserve your health and quality of life. So don’t miss this: We’ve got five simple tips for avoiding hazardous slips! According to research, falls are more common among people with hearing loss. In one study, patients with mild hearing loss were nearly three times as likely to report a fall in the previous year. Plus, every 10-decibel increase in hearing loss also meant a 1.4-fold increase in the odds of a fall the prior year. The findings, from researchers at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the National Institute on Aging, were consistent with past research linking hearing loss and increased risk of falling. Falls are the second leading cause of accidental death, per the World Health Organization, and they can result in other serious injury or disability. They’re also associated with hearing impairment, which can affect your balance.
REDUCE YOUR RISK WITH THESE FIVE TIPS:
- Get your vision checked, making sure you’re seeing your best.
- Be sure to understand how any medications may affect you, including your balance.
- Check your surroundings for hazards such as uneven surfaces, slippery floors, small rugs, or unstable handrails.
- Help ensure your loved ones and those with disabilities have a safe environment adapted to their physical needs.
- Keep your hearing in top shape, starting with hearing exams once a year and whenever you’re having trouble understanding — especially if you’re having difficulty while dining out, watching TV, or talking on the phone.
FALLS: MORE SERIOUS THAN YOU MIGHT THINK
- An estimated 646,000 individuals each year die from falls.
- Nearly all hip fractures — over 95% — are attributable to falls.
- Over 37 million nonfatal falls each year are severe enough to require medical attention.
- Balance disorders are big contributors to falls among seniors, who suffer the most fall-related fatalities.
Falls can get in the way of your overall wellness and sense of independence. If you’re experiencing balance issues, dizziness, or falls or are having trouble hearing, please don’t wait. Schedule an appointment with our hearing care professionals today.