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Hearing loss and risk for accidental injury

A hearing loss can be detrimental to one’s health in many ways. Psychologically, a hearing loss can lead to social phobia, anxiety, depression, and stress. The physical implications of hearing loss include reduced alertness, a reduction in job performance, headaches, high blood pressure, vertigo, tiredness, tense muscles, and sleeping problems. One detrimental effect of untreated hearing loss that you may have not considered is an increased chance of an accidental injury. One analysis suggests that people who report difficulty hearing are twice as likely to have an accidental injury than those who report no trouble hearing.

The Hearing Loss and Accident Connection

A recent study is looking at whether a connection between hearing loss and an increase in accidents exists. The answer is yes. The research team looked at survey data from the U.S. National Health Interview Survey and found 6.6 million people have suffered an accidental injury.  From that group, one of six participants stated that their hearing was not adequate.

This study indicates a high rate of accidental injuries among people with self-reported hearing difficulty. These participants who believe that their hearing is poor, are at a high risk of work-related injuries. A primary finding in the study is that the risk of injury actually increases with the severity of the hearing loss. Participants with slight hearing difficulty have a 60 percent chance of increased potential for accidental injury. People who report moderate difficulty have a 70 percent chance of injury. The researchers believe that a correlation between hearing loss and accidents exists according to their research findings.

Can These Accidents be Prevented?

The team feels strongly that many of these accidents are preventable. They believe that getting your hearing tested by a hearing healthcare professional and if necessary being fitted for hearing aids is the answer. Hearing aids will improve social interactions, make your conversations easier, and help to keep you safe at home and at work.

Proper hearing ability keeps you safe in busy cities by alerting you to traffic sounds, and other noises. Improved hearing helps you recognize where these sounds are originating from too. In the home, a hearing aid can help you hear alarms, oven timers, the telephone, and even shouts for help from your neighbors.

Good hearing ability is crucial to proper balance too. The struggle to hear places a demand on the brain which reduces the number of resources available for balancing your body. The use of a hearing aid reduces the cognitive load on the brain and allows it to focus on maintaining balance. Numerous studies demonstrate the improvement in balance among hearing aid wearers. Keeping your balance is essential for avoiding accidental falls in the home and at work.

Do You Have a Hearing Loss?

If you are experiencing the symptoms of hearing loss, make an appointment today for a hearing evaluation. A hearing healthcare professional can administer a hearing test that can diagnose and treat your hearing problem. It will help with the psychological and physical effects of hearing loss as well as help to keep you safe from accidents. Make your appointment today.

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