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June is National Safety Month. What does that have to do with hearing?

Consider the following:

• Research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that respondents who had “a lot of
trouble hearing” were almost twice as likely to suffer an accidental injury

• Another study, looking at accidental injury in adults from 2007 to 2015 confirmed that
hearing difficulty is significantly associated with accidental injury, especially injury related to
work or leisure (JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. Dos:10:1001/jamaoto.2018.0039)

• Hearing loss is significantly associated with the odds of reported falls: a mild hearing loss is
associated with a nearly 3-fold risk of falling over the preceding year and for increased
hearing loss the odds of falling increase

So, why would hearing loss be associated with falling and accidental injuries? Well, there are a
few possibilities: first, the hearing loss may directly limit access to auditory cues that are
needed for environmental awareness; second, there may be dysfunction in both the hearing
and the balance portion of the inner ear; and lastly, it may be the effects hearing loss has on
cognitive load and shared attention. Audiologists are hoping that increased awareness prompts
everyone to understand the seriousness of hearing loss as proper testing and management of
hearing loss may assist in decreasing accidental injury and falls.

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