December 10, 2018
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Hearing Loss Increases Injury Risk

by Berkeley Wellness  

People who have difficulty hearing are at increased risk for accidental injuries, according to a study in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery in March 2018.

Researchers correlated data from millions of Americans regarding their self-reported hearing status and their injury history from the preceding three months. Compared to people who reported excellent or good hearing, those with “a lot of trouble hearing” were nearly twice as likely to have had an injury; the increase in risk was less in those with “moderate” or “a little” hearing impairment.

People who said they were deaf did not have more injuries, perhaps because they are careful to avoid activities or tasks that could increase the risk, the researchers suggested.

Not surprisingly, many studies have linked sensory impairments (such as hearing or vision loss) and chronic health conditions to increased injury risk.

Also see Hearing Loss: Don't Suffer in Silence.