The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that one in every three people over the age of 65 falls each year, and that one out of five falls results in serious injury (broken bones, head injury, etc.). Because falls often severely compromise seniors’ independence and health, they should do everything they can to minimize their risk of falling. One step in this direction involves getting a hearing test and addressing any hearing impairment.
Many older adults are afraid to fall, so they minimize their activities and social engagements to prevent this. Avoiding social activities can contribute to depression, feelings of helplessness and physical decline. Have your hearing tested every year and use hearing aids when recommended!