Those with a hearing loss are three times more likely to experience falls compared to those with normal hearing.

Unraveling the Link: Auditory Function and Fall Risk

by | Aug 31, 2023 | Hearing Health, Patient Resources

New York is a cacophony of sounds, from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan streets to the mellower vibes of Brooklyn neighborhoods.

But, have you ever considered the impact your hearing ability might have on your physical balance and safety? Recent studies are uncovering a fascinating connection.

Hearing: More than Just Ears

Many people mistakenly believe that hearing is limited to the ears. In reality, our auditory function encompasses a complex interplay of ear structures, neural pathways, and our brain.

This intricate network is what allows us to navigate the vibrant streets of Brooklyn and Queens with ease.

But what happens when our hearing is compromised?

Cognitive and Vestibular Connections

The relationship between our cognitive and auditory function is profound.

According to a notable study by Joseph Sakumura, Au.D., and Richard Gans, PhD, the synergy of cognitive, vestibular, and auditory functions plays a pivotal role in fall risk management.

For New Yorkers, where every street and subway station present myriad auditory inputs, understanding this relationship becomes even more crucial. A lapse in auditory function might mean more than missing out on a conversation; it could mean a heightened risk of physical injury.

Staggering Statistics

Falls are a leading cause of injuries, especially among older adults. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports over 800,000 hospitalizations due to falls annually in the US.

A statistic that hits closer to home is that hearing loss amplifies the risk of falling threefold compared to individuals with normal hearing.

When navigating our city’s dynamic neighborhoods, from the cultural mélange of Queens to the historic streets of Brooklyn, it becomes vital to ensure our auditory functions are at their best.

Unlock Clear Hearing & Steady Steps

Implications for Brooklyn and Queens Residents

The study underlines the reality many audiologists and medical professionals have suspected: improving auditory function can significantly mitigate fall risks. This insight is not just academic; it has real-world implications for residents of Brooklyn, Queens, and beyond.

Prioritizing regular hearing check-ups and being proactive about any hearing challenges can be a life-altering decision, offering not just improved auditory experiences as well asbut enhanced safety in our daily lives.

ZN Audiology: Your Partner in Hearing Health

At ZN Audiology, recognized and respected across Brooklyn and Queens, we are committed to ensuring that our community understands the full spectrum of their auditory health. We’ve been the trusted choice for hundreds, working closely with local physicians and organizations.

Our aim? To ensure you hear the world in full fidelity and navigate it with confidence and safety. If you or a loved one has concerns about hearing health and its potential implications for balance and safety, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Contact ZN Audiology Today

Whether you’re seeking an initial consultation, need guidance on hearing technology, or have concerns about your balance, we’re here to assist. Reach out to us and take the first step towards holistic auditory health.

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Zarina Naizam, AuD, CCC-A

Zarina Naizam, AuD, CCC-A, is a licensed clinical audiologist practicing in New York State. With a Bachelor of Science Degree in pre-med from Long Island University and a Clinical Doctorate in Audiology from Salus University, Dr. Naizam specializes in adult and pediatric hearing testing, as well as the fitting, programming, and repairing of all makes and models of hearing aids. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association and is a Fellow of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology. Driven by personal experience, witnessing the impact of hearing impairment on her mother's life, Dr. Naizam became inspired to improve the lives of others through better hearing. Her passion lies in helping patients restore their ability to connect with their loved ones, recognizing the emotional impact of hearing loss on individuals and their families. To stay up-to-date with advancements in technology, she regularly attends seminars and workshops.