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Did you know that hearing problems could increase your chances of falling?

Your ears and feet may seem like two unrelated body parts. But in reality, both play a big part in the human balance system. Balance is controlled through signals from the eyes, ears, and sensory nervous system, to the brain. Balance is a complicated process that involves many parts of the body, but the most crucial part is the inner ear.

The inner ear works with the brain to decipher signals and determine the head’s position. The vestibular system inside the inner ear keeps track of your head’s movements and reports them to the brain. If the vestibular system inside your inner ear is damaged, you could experience vertigo, dizziness, cognitive load, spatial disorientation or imbalance. Knowing this, it’s no wonder why a hearing problem could increase your chances of falling.

If you find it difficult to hear and strain to make out the sounds around you, your brain may be getting overwhelmed with everyday sensory demands. This condition is called cognitive load.

If hearing loss imposes a cognitive load, there are less cognitive resources available to help with maintaining balance. You may find yourself unable to focus on balance and gait due to fatigue. This can happen quickly if you’re in a demanding listening environment and you may become more susceptible to falls.

Falls are scary. While you can’t completely prevent falls from happening, you can prepare for when they happen.

Keep yourself safe after a fall with an Alert1 Medical Alert System with Fall Detection. With three different fall detection alerts available, you will find the best one to bring you peace of mind after a fall.

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