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How Auditory Function Can Impact Fall Risk | AVI New England Explains

by | Sep 20, 2023 | Cognitive Decline, Hearing & Balance, Hearing Health, Patient Resources

When it comes to your health, knowing all the associated risks can help you in the long run.  

A study was recently published in the Journal of the Academy of Audiology looking at the roles of cognitive, vestibular, and auditory functions. We believe it is important for those with hearing loss to be aware of this study.  

Luckily for you, we’ve broken down the most important parts of the study here.  


According to the study, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries for Americans. This has led to a significant interest in identifying and modifying risk factors for the likely causes of falling for the older generation.  

Below, we go through the study’s analysis of each of the associated risks in line with the three impairments studied: hearing loss, cognitive impairment, and vestibular dysfunction.  

Hearing Loss:

For those who suffer from hearing loss, the risk of falling is three times higher than for those with normal hearing.  

Cognitive Impairment:

If you have mild cognitive impairment, you have a 14 times higher risk of falling.   

Vestibular Dysfunction:

There is a 12 times increased risk of falling for adults with vestibular dysfunction. 

What Does This Mean for You? 

If you or a loved one suffers from any of the above conditions, you must have a clear diagnosis and care plan. Knowing and understanding your diagnosis and getting the right care for you can be the key to mitigating your risks of having a hearing-related fall.  

How AVI New England Can Help 

AVI New England specializes in long-term hearing care that is tailored to you.

Deciding to invest in your hearing health can transform your quality of life and improve your confidence, and we are devoted to guiding and supporting you on your journey.  

Trusted by tens of thousands of people across New England for over 40 years, AVI New England can help you with your hearing challenges. 

If you’d like to learn more about how we can help you, you can request a callback and take your first step toward better hearing.  

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Dr. Natan Bauman

For more than 40 years, I have had the honor and opportunity of helping thousands of local, national, and international people to achieve a better life through better hearing. As an audiologist and electronic engineer, I have changed the course of the hearing aid industry by inventing the Receiver-In-The-Canal, the most widely used hearing aid in the world. Additionally, I established a tinnitus and sound over-sensitivity clinic and developed a special treatment program which I have been teaching to other practitioners nationally and internationally. Our practice follows the key principles that have defined my career: an adherence to best practices, use of the latest technologies, and personalized care in which the patient is treated as family.

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