Hearing Loss Linked With More Accidental Injuries Older adults with self-reported poor hearing may be more accident-prone, says a study in JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery. Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital examined responses from a representative sample of adults (18 years and older) who participated in the 2014 National Health Interview Survey. More than 6 million ... Research in Brief
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Hearing Loss Linked With More Accidental Injuries
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Research in Brief   |   June 01, 2018
Hearing Loss Linked With More Accidental Injuries
The ASHA Leader, June 2018, Vol. 23, 16. doi:10.1044/leader.RIB1.23062018.16
The ASHA Leader, June 2018, Vol. 23, 16. doi:10.1044/leader.RIB1.23062018.16
Older adults with self-reported poor hearing may be more accident-prone, says a study in JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery.
Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital examined responses from a representative sample of adults (18 years and older) who participated in the 2014 National Health Interview Survey.

Respondents who said they had “a lot of trouble hearing” were almost twice as likely to suffer an accidental injury.

More than 6 million respondents reported experiencing an accidental injury within the preceding three months. Of this group, one in six self-identified their hearing as less than “excellent” or “good.” Respondents who said they had “a lot of trouble hearing” were almost twice as likely (1.9 times) to suffer an accidental injury.
Although the study did not prove that hearing loss directly causes the risk of accidents to rise, the authors suggest regular hearing screening and increased awareness as a prevention measure.
“We found that leisure-related injuries were particularly interesting since individuals may not consider that a high-risk occasion for injury and may be paying even less attention to their hearing difficulties,” says senior author Neil Bhattacharyya, an otolaryngologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
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