Falls Can Threaten Independence

Each year more than 1 million healthy, U.S. adults experience debilitating falls, and that number is expected to rise as the aging population grows to 2.5 percent of the total population by 2040, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among this group, one out of three people will sustain a fall over the span of a year, costing the country over $55 billion to treat.
The likelihood that someone will fall again is greatly enhanced due to fear, balance, strength, lack of coordination issues to name a few. Falls are one of the leading causes of death in those 65 or older and a common cause of hospital admissions and injuries, especially hip fractures for women and traumatic brain injuries for men.
The end result is the reduced ability to perform daily activities, compromised quality of life, and increased risk of future falls. Audiologists can help to recognize many of these risk factors and make recommendations for amplification – which can help to better localize sound and improve overall quality of life. Often it is found that many fall victims have significant hearing loss, which can also affect their sense of balance. It’s important to have an annual hearing evaluation as part of your annual checkup.

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