Hearing loss is identified as the primary modifiable risk factor for cognitive decline, significantly elevating the risk of falls.

Exploring the Connection: Auditory Function and Fall Risk in New Research

by | Feb 20, 2024 | Hearing Health, Hearing Loss, News

We’re always integrating the latest research into our practice to enhance the well-being of our patients. A recent study that has captured our attention delves into the intricate relationship between auditory function and the risk of falls – a critical issue impacting a significant portion of the older adult population.

The Study’s Insights

Authored by Joseph Sakumura, Au.D. and Richard Gans, PhD, the study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology presents compelling evidence on how cognitive, vestibular, and auditory functions intertwine to influence fall risk management. With falls accounting for numerous injuries, hospitalizations, and fatalities annually, understanding these correlations is pivotal in developing strategies to mitigate such risks.

The research, which assessed 599 individuals ages 18 to 89, reveals that auditory function plays a crucial role in maintaining balance and stability. Notably, hearing loss has emerged as a significant, modifiable risk factor for cognitive decline, which in turn, heightens the risk of falls.

Key Findings

Two notable findings from the study highlight the gravity of the issue:

1. Hearing Loss as a Risk Factor:

Hearing loss is identified as the primary modifiable risk factor for cognitive decline. Individuals with mild cognitive impairments related to memory, executive function, and reaction times are markedly more likely to experience decreased postural stability and an elevated risk of falls.

2. Increased Fall Risk:

The study underscores that individuals with a hearing loss are thrice as likely to fall compared to those with normal hearing. This statistic underscores the critical need for proactive auditory function management.

Implications for Fall Risk Management

These findings underscore the importance of regular auditory evaluations and the adoption of hearing technology. By addressing hearing loss early and efficiently, it’s possible to not only improve auditory function but also contribute significantly to fall risk reduction.

Our Commitment

We’re committed to leveraging such insights to foster better health outcomes for our patients. Our approach to hearing care is holistic, recognizing the intricate connections between hearing health and overall well-being.

We encourage anyone concerned about their hearing or fall risk to reach out to us. Our team is equipped to conduct comprehensive hearing evaluations and recommend personalized solutions to manage and mitigate these risks effectively.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

If you or a loved one could benefit from a hearing evaluation or wish to learn more about managing fall risks, we invite you to contact Clarity Hearing. Together, we can take proactive steps toward enhancing your auditory health and minimizing fall risks, ensuring you continue to enjoy life’s moments with confidence and security.

To schedule your appointment, please visit our contact page, request a callback, or directly call us at Clarity Hearing. Your journey toward better hearing and reduced fall risk starts here.

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Dr. Scott Marquardt - Doctor of Audiology & CEO of Clarity Hearing

Scott Marquardt is the owner of Clarity Hearing and a highly skilled audiologist who has been in practice for over 20 years. Dr. Marquardt earned a master’s degree in audiology from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, and a doctorate from A.T. Still University. He is a member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association and a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. He and the team offer comprehensive hearing healthcare services and specialize in the care of tinnitus, imbalance, and auditory processing disorders.

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