You know that hearing aids help you hear better – but did you know that they may also help you balance better?
doesn’t just impact on how you interact with other people. It also poses serious risks to your safety. Having a hearing loss increases the danger of falling and any fall can be bad to your health and wellbeing.
The worst risk, however, is falls with significant trauma to the brain that might not seem too severe or with no symptoms right away.
REASONS FOR FALLING
You have a reduced awareness of your immediate environment which means that you might not hear another person approaching. And at the same time, the difficulty of hearing puts greater strain on your brain. This sort of increased cognitive work can result in fewer cognitive resources to maintain your balance.
These two factors put people with hearing loss,
especially older individuals, at a higher risk of falling. So how should you prevent this? You use the sound information as auditory reference points to maintain your balance, like the way we use visual cues.
HOW HEARING AIDS CAN HELP
When you are properly fitted with hearing aids
, you become more in tune with your surroundings and less in risk of falling. At the same time, you can prevent the cognitive overload caused by hearing loss when your hearing is improved. Hearing aids also help you distinguish subtle sounds and their direction.
When you wear your hearing aids you can better hear another person or a pet approaching. This will reduce the risk of being surprised and trip or collide with them.