The cliché is true…
With respect to the risk of falls, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
As we age, our risk of falling increases. Data shows approximately 67% of emergency room visits for adults 65-85+ are for falls, considered a leading cause of injury-related deaths. We share these facts so you will be well-informed. At home, work, and play, fall prevention is vital.
Did you know poor hearing may increase the risk of falls which can reduce mobility, ability to perform daily activities, and life expectancy? Why might this be?
Within our brains, there are shared pathways between hearing and balance-related structures. Those with hearing challenges often have difficulties with postural balance, an important factor in standing and walking stability. When one has fewer sensory cues, as in not hearing well, it is more difficult to sense and navigate hazards in activities of daily living. By way of analogy, should those who are extremely nearsighted drive without necessary vision correction?
Be aware the strongest single risk factor for fractures is falling and not osteoporosis. Hearing to the best of your ability can reduce this risk while helping you experience precious sounds during daily conversations and social activities such as dining out. We want to ensure you and your loved ones will be happy to hear for years to come. Please talk to us and get trusted advice that will help you make more well-informed decisions.
Falling can also be caused by dizziness which encompasses various sensations including feeling unsteady on your feet, woozy or faint. Oftentimes, vertigo is experienced, as if you or your surroundings are spinning or moving. These episodic symptoms may be triggered or made worse by walking, standing up or head movements.
It is estimated dizziness affects about 15-20% of adults yearly and almost 50% of people seek expert care for problematic symptoms. If you have or a loved one is facing these types of troublesome challenges, do not feel alone.
Are you doing all you can to reduce the risk of falls?
It is in the best interest of you and your loved ones to benefit from evidence-based hearing tests and as necessary, balance evaluations. In close coordination with your other healthcare providers, we want to help ensure you are steady on your feet when sensing everyday surroundings. While many things in life surprise us, we know hearing your best can reduce the risk of falls. Please help us to help you, every step of the way.