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Even Mild Hearing Loss Triples Risk of Falling standard

By the Doctors of Audiology at Columbia Basin Hearing Center A new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins and the National Institute on Aging suggests that hearing loss significantly increases your risk of falling. Among older adults (age 65 or older), falls are a serious public health problem and are the leading cause of injury death in the US. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), nearly 20,000 older adults died from unintentional fall injuries and 2.2 million nonfatal injuries were treated in emergency departments in 2009. Direct medical costs of falls are estimated at approximately $30 billion dollars per year. To make the connection between hearing loss and fall risk, researchers analyzed data from more than 2,000 people ...

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Addressing Hearing Loss, Dizziness, and Balance Disorders in the Elderly can Improve Quality of Life standard

By Neil W. Aiello, Au.D., FAAA Doctor of Audiology, Columbia Basin Hearing Center With increased longevity in today’s society comes a corresponding increase in the incidence of hearing loss, dizziness and balance problems. Each of these conditions are common among the senior population. Some revealing statistics from the National Institute on Aging include: Approximately one-third of Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 have hearing problems. Nearly half the people who are 75 or older have hearing loss. As many as 40% of all adults will experience dizziness severe enough to warrant reporting it to their doctor. In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health, over 90 million Americans will experience dizziness or vertigo in their lifetime. Dizziness ...

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