Balance Disorders

The risk of falling is highly prevalent in people who are 65 years of age or older, and it may be accentuated even more with hearing loss. Call or schedule an appointment with us online to prevent balance disorders through hearing loss.
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Ears play a major role in helping us keep our balance. Unfortunately, a loss of hearing can increase our risk of falls and broken bones. And according to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately one in three people in the United States between the ages of 65 and 74 has hearing loss. That’s a large number of people potentially living with an unknown fall risk. 

If you have a problem with your hearing, you may feel that your balance is very unsteady, or that your leg doesn’t respond to commands as easily as it once did. Rather than live with these symptoms, patients should invest in hearing aids which are used in the diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss and balance disorders.

At Hearing Unlimited, we take pride in our personalized care approach. We have you try a device first to make sure you have the best hearing equipment that will fit into your daily life. And with our Hear Clear Guarantee, we offer free lifetime hearing aid batteries, free check-ups, maintenance, fitting, consultations and programming to make sure that your hearing aid will always be working at its best. We also have a 7 day Test Drive program that enables you to experience new technology every year.

When you trust us with your hearing, your relationship with us continues well beyond the initial fitting. Our audiologists will follow up service you need to be successful. For expert ear health care services, contact Hearing Unlimited by calling 412-347-5550 or book an appointment online!

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FAQs on Hearing Loss and Balance Disorders:

How Does Hearing Loss Cause a Lack of Balance?

The ear is made up of three different sections: your outer ear, your middle ear, and your inner ear. The inner ear is the area that helps us keep our balance; located within this area are three semicircular canals that contain fluid and "sensors" that detect the rotational movement of the head and assist in providing balance.  

Hearing loss doesn’t cause balance disorders on its own. However, problems wiht the inner ear can also disrupt your vestibular system – a sensory system that is essential to normal movement and equilibrium. 

 

What are the Factors that Contribute to Hearing Loss?

There are many factors that lead to and contribute to hearing loss. Aging, long-term exposure to loud noises or incessant occupational noises, heredity factors, illness, and some medications are all risk factors that could contribute to hearing loss or damage.

Some medical factors, including damage to the inner ear, ruptured eardrums, ear infections or tumors, and even a gradual buildup of earwax, can also adversely affect your hearing.

 

How Do Aging Ears Affect Your Balance?

Poor hearing increases your fall risk because you need your ears – as well as your eyes and feet – to maintain a sense of balance. You may also report periods of weakness and may not be able to do your daily chores due to fatigue and imbalance.

 

Why Does Hearing Loss Increase your Risk of Fall?

An inability to stay balanced is a major cause of falls among elderly. Falls can occur not just when patients are simply walking, but when they are walking and simultaneously performing another task. To maintain safety and independence alike, we recommend a custom hearing aid with a frequency modulator to prevent falls.

 

How Often Should I Consult an Audiologist?

Our ears are sensitive, and they at can be easily damaged by natural wear and tear. That’s why having your hearing tested every year is a great way to monitor the health of your ears.

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