Hidden Hearing Respond to Study Which Aims to Explore if Hearing Aids Can Prevent Falls

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Experts in private hearing healthcare, Hidden Hearing, have responded to a proposed study that will study whether hearing aids have any impact in preventing falls.

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It is well known that the ear plays a major part in balance, so determining if hearing aids can have a positive effect on balance will be extremely interesting.

Research is being gathered by the University of Texas in Dallas to determine how much hearing aids can improve balance and prevent falls for people with hearing problems.

Recent studies suggest that people with hearing loss may be at greater risk of falling as a person’s sense of balance relies heavily on the vestibular system of the inner ear.

The study aims to identify people at risk of falling and evaluate the effects of different types of hearing aid technologies on balance and gait.

It will look at people with and without hearing loss, while wearing or not wearing hearing aids. They will be monitored as they stand, walk and perform daily tasks while repeating words or sentences played in the surrounding environment.

A spokesperson from Hidden Hearing said:

“It is well known that the ear plays a major part in balance, so determining if hearing aids can have a positive effect on balance will be extremely interesting.”

With more than 40 years’ experience in treating hearing loss, Hidden Hearing is entrusted with the care of more than 100,000 people each year. The firm has 84 hearing centres across the UK, all catering for a range of needs and budgets. Specialising in hearing tests and hearing aids, the company also offer a variety of hearing aid accessories and in 2005, became the first dedicated hearing retailer to be recognised as an Investor in People.

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