When we think of the impact a hearing loss may have on us, we may think of things like listening to the TV, being able to follow a conversation or hearing someone on the phone. But did you know a hearing loss can also have an affect on our safety?

Some studies have proven that Hearing loss can be a cause in us becoming more accident prone! People with poor hearing are at increased risk for accidents related to driving, work and leisure or sports injuries.

Overall, when compared to people with normal hearing, people with a mild Hearing loss were 60% more likely to be injured or in an accident, and for those with moderate to severe were 70-90% more likely to be injured.

As Dr. Neil Bhattacharyya, a professor of otolaryngology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital once stated “I never wear headphones when I’m cycling,” he said. “Not hearing warning signs when jogging, cycling — that can put you in harm’s way. Hearing loss is not just a social nuisance. It can predispose you to injury.”

If you have a hearing loss, what can you do to help avoid accidents? Here are some tips…

  • Be open, let someone know about your hearing loss and they may be able to notice something and act before you do. This helps everyone have fun and stay safe.
  • Check your hearing aid is working properly and the levels are set accordingly. Be sure to wear it!
  • Take regular rest breaks in a quieter place. This will allow your brain and ears to rest. Crowds, loudspeakers, music, engines, enthusiastic teammates can all be very noisy and tiring.
  • Be aware of your hearing, observe any changes in the environment. Make sure to pay attention; take note if you’re missing calls or if someone mentions you’re not hearing everything that’s being said to you. It may be time to come in for check up and have your hearing aids adjusted!

If you feel like your hearing loss is causing you or your loved ones to be at risk of any accidents or injuries please don’t hesitate to give us call. Hearing Sense can help. Give us a call on 8331 8047 to book your FREE assessment.