Understanding Auditory Function and Its Impact on Fall Risk: All About Hearing’s Perspective

by | 08/25/2023 | Hearing Health, Patient Resources

These findings underscore the intricate bond between our auditory health and overall physical stability."

At All About Hearing, we believe in the importance of staying updated with the latest research in the field of audiology to provide our community with the best care.

Recently, we came across an enlightening study by experts Joseph Sakumura, AuD, and Richard Gans, PhD, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Audiology.

This study delves deeply into the intricate relationship between cognitive, vestibular, and auditory functions and their role in fall risk management.

The Stark Reality of Falls Among Older Adults

The ramifications of falls are alarmingly severe, especially for our elderly population. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) details the grim statistics, emphasizing that falls lead to more than 800,000 hospitalizations and over 27,000 fatalities every year in the United States.

With such dire consequences, understanding the factors that contribute to fall risks becomes vital.

Unraveling the Connection

Sakumura and Gans’s study, encompassing a sample of 599 adults aged 18 to 89, sought to discern the relationship between fall risks and three key factors: cognitive function, vestibular function, and auditory function. The insights are compelling:

  • “Hearing loss is recognized as the number one modifiable risk factor for cognitive decline. Furthermore, patients with even mild cognitive impairment in domains of; visuo-spatial processing, executive function, memory recall, and reaction times are 14 times more likely to have degraded postural stability and elevated fall risk”
  • Drawing from previous studies, they emphasize, “Risk of falling is 3 times higher in patients with hearing loss compared to those with normal hearing”

These findings underscore the intricate bond between our auditory health and overall physical stability.

The Role of Advanced Hearing Health Care

In our endeavor to provide Midland and the Permian Basin’s communities with top-tier hearing care, we consistently emphasize the significance of regular hearing evaluations and the adoption of the latest hearing technologies.

This is not just about ensuring optimal auditory function but also about taking a comprehensive approach to holistic health. Recognizing the importance of auditory function can play a crucial role in safeguarding individuals against potential fall risks.

All About Hearing—Your Partner in Comprehensive Health

If you, or someone you know, have concerns about your hearing, remember that our team at All About Hearing is always here to assist.

With a blend of expertise, state-of-the-art technology, and a commitment to our community’s well-being, we’re dedicated to ensuring that you’re not just hearing better, but living better.

Schedule your consultation today! Or, if you prefer, request a callback or reach out to us directly at (432) 689-2220.

Secure Your Balance—Book Now!

Do you know somebody that needs to see this? Why not share it?

Dr. Joycelin Lopez, Au.D., CCC-A

Dr. Joycelin grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida. Initially, she earned a bachelor’s degree in linguistics from the state’s university. Then following graduation, she became a learning specialist, working with the hard of hearing. This experience sparked her curiosity in audiology. She returned to the University of Florida for graduate studies, where she gained her doctor of audiology degree. This education took her to North Carolina, where she completed an externship that focused on balance evaluations and central auditory processing. Her decision to move to Midland in late 2020 showcases her spirit of adventure. But also, it demonstrates her determination to find and assist people who can benefit from her professional expertise. Besides audiology, Dr. Joycelin has a passion for art, having taken classes all her life. Mostly, she works with watercolors, but she also has an interest in digital animation.

    Request a Callback

    "*" indicates required fields

    Your Name*
    This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.


    Request a Callback

    It’s often the small questions and concerns that hold us back from making positive decisions – especially when it comes to your hearing health.

    That’s why we offer no-obligation friendly calls to help answer those questions, whether on behalf of yourself or a loved one.

    Simply complete the form and a member of our team will call you back shortly, or, you can call us at (432) 689-2220.

    "*" indicates required fields

    Your Name*
    This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.