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STAYING STEADY ON YOUR FEET

They’re frequently unexpected and can happen anytime. They sometimes end with a giggle but are often far more serious. They’re falls, and preventing them can help preserve your health.

 

Falls are the second leading cause of accidental death, per the World Health

Organization. They’re also associated with hearing impairment, which can affect your

balance.

 

According to research, falls are more common among people with hearing loss. In one

study of more than 2,000 adults ages 40 to 69, 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 falls.

Reduce your risk with these five tips:

  1. Get your vision checked. Being able to see rocky terrain or unstable surfaces will

help keep you safe.

  1. Tying in with our first tip: Check your surroundings for hazards such as uneven

surfaces, slippery floors, small rugs, or unstable handrails.

  1. Be sure to understand how any medications may affect you, including your

balance.

  1. Help ensure your loved ones and those with disabilities have a safe environment

adapted to their physical needs.

  1. 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.

 

What Can I Do? 

 

Don’t let balance problems affect your quality of life. If you’re experiencing dizziness,

balance issues, or falls, schedule an appointment with our hearing care specialists today (760) 889-8542.

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