hearing loss and falls

Hearing Loss: an Unheard of Falls Risk Factor

Recently we discussed multi-sensory dizziness and imbalance, reviewing how balance is maintained, as well as some of the more common falls risk factors encountered. A common risk factor for falls that was not discussed and is overlooked by many is hearing loss. Hearing loss is prevalent, with around 15% of American adults reporting hearing difficulty.…

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dizziness vertigo

Multi-sensory dizziness and imbalance

The ability to maintain equilibrium is essential for survival and as such is redundant, relying on our senses of touch, vision, and the vestibular system (inner ear). This redundancy ensures that if one sense is not functioning properly, the others can take over to ensure we maintain an upright posture. Because the brain interprets this…

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