Vision and hearing loss occurring simultaneously is common in older adults. Recent studies indicate that individuals with Duel Sensory Impairment – a common condition in older adults with diabetes and cardiovascular conditions - are at an increased risk of falling. One 2016 study, published in the peer reviewed journal Age and Aging, analyzed the records of 1,478 adults over the age of 55 and found that those with Duel Sensory Impairment (hearing loss and vision loss) were more than two times likely to suffer the debilitating consequences of a fall. The conclusions of the Australian researchers were that adults over...
Falling is a devastating condition in older individuals. One slip on the ice or tumble in a slippery bathtub can lead to an extended hospital stay, or worse yet, long term residency in an assistive living center. One known risk factor associated with the risk of falling is hearing loss. That is, a hearing loss is a red flag for a risk for falling.
Hearing loss is an invisible disease that affects almost 50 million Americans. The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), the nation's leading organization representing consumers with hearing loss, in partnership with Cochlear Limited, the global leader in implantable hearing solutions, sought to find out the pandemic’s impact on those in the hearing loss community. The survey highlights the pandemic’s effect on the U.S. hearing loss community’s state of hearing and mental health status.
Americans For Better Hearing Foundation is offering PPE available for immediate shipment! ABHF is a 501C3 organization dedicated to serving the needs of people with hearing loss regardless of their ability to pay. All PPE is certified and ships from Illinois. Information and spec sheets are linked here. Simply complete the order form and submit with a credit card to ABHF. CONTACT ABHF AT (630) 321-3555 ABHF.ORG Proceeds will also benefit low income individuals with hearing loss.