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The Pivotal Link between Auditory Function and Fall Risk: Insights from Hearing & Balance Doctors

Risk of falling is 3x higher in patients with hearing loss compared to those with normal hearing.

The Pivotal Link between Auditory Function and Fall Risk: Insights from Hearing & Balance Doctors

by | Aug 31, 2023 | Balance, Hearing Loss, Patient Resources

For many, the correlation between hearing and balance might seem tenuous at best.

However, a recent enlightening study by Joseph Sakumura, Au.D. and Richard Gans, PhD offers striking insights into the profound connection between cognitive, vestibular, and auditory functions and their role in fall risk management.

Staggering National Figures Illuminate Concerns

Falls are more than just occasional mishaps. As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), they account for over 800,000 hospitalizations and more than 27,000 fatalities annually in the US. But the riddle of fall prevention has an unexpected piece: audiological health.

A Deep Dive into the Study’s Core

Surveying a diverse group of 599 adults between ages 18 and 89, the research rigorously examined the intersections between cognitive, vestibular, and auditory functions and their impact on fall risks.

The results were telling, to say the least. A particularly poignant observation stated, “Hearing loss is recognized as the number one modifiable risk factor for cognitive decline.”

Additionally, the research uncovered that individuals with even minor cognitive impairments related to specific domains like memory recall and executive function were 14 times more susceptible to decreased postural stability and heightened fall risk.

Furthermore, referencing multiple studies, the research highlighted, “Risk of falling is 3x higher in patients with hearing loss compared to those with normal hearing.”

Implications for Utah’s and Nevada's Residents

These findings bear significant ramifications for our communities in Utah and Nevada. Given the topography and active lifestyles of our residents, understanding the broader implications of auditory health becomes paramount.

At Hearing & Balance Doctors, we’re not just concerned with ensuring you hear well; we’re dedicated to your comprehensive health, safety, and overall well-being.

Hearing Evaluations: More than Just Testing Sound

With the study shedding light on the pivotal role of auditory functions in maintaining balance and reducing fall risks, the importance of regular hearing evaluations cannot be emphasized enough.

They aren’t just about discerning sounds better; they play a crucial role in the broader canvas of health, cognitive functionality, and personal safety.

Empower Yourself: Choose Proactive Hearing Care

A journey with Hearing & Balance Doctors is a pledge to holistic health. Drawing upon these recent insights and our extensive experience, we urge our communities in Utah and Nevada to consider regular auditory evaluations.

By prioritizing your hearing health, you’re embracing clearer conversations as well as ensuring a safer, more balanced life.

A Personal Appeal to Our Community

If you or your loved ones harbor concerns about hearing health, remember that we stand ready and committed.

At Hearing & Balance Doctors, our expertise isn’t confined to hearing aids.

We’re here to guide, assist, and walk alongside you in the broader journey of life, ensuring every step you take is on firm ground.

Let’s embark on a journey toward optimal auditory health and safety together.

Secure Your Balance. Hear the Difference!

While falls may be a persistent concern, especially among our older community members, understanding the vital link between auditory function and balance offers a proactive path forward.

Prioritize hearing health. Prioritize safety. Choose Hearing & Balance Doctors today, either by contacting us or requesting a callback.

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Dr. Richard Luekenga

Dr. Luekenga opened Hearing & Balance Doctors of Utah in 2005. Since that time he has been dedicated to creating state-of-the-art facilities filled with the latest technology along with the most qualified and caring hearing healthcare team. He received his Doctor of Audiology from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. His doctorate is supported by his B.A. at Utah State University, clinical fellowship at Bountiful Hearing Center and further clinical experience at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, IHC Hearing and Balance Center, The Kosair Children’s Hospital, Heuser Hearing Institute (Deaf Oral School), and Avada Hearing and Balance Center, to name a few. With this long list of experience, it is clear that Dr. Luekenga is very passionate about good hearing and is well-versed in the advances of hearing aid technology. He is equally as passionate about helping patients that feel off-balance, dizzy, lightheaded, or unsteady, and understands the need these patients have to get back on their feet! Additionally, he provides counseling and therapy for patients who experience tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in their ears).

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