Study: Hearing loss increases risk of falling


February 28, 2012 1:10:08 PM PST
A study in the Archives of Internal Medicine found people with a 25-decibel hearing loss, classified as mild, were nearly three times more likely to have a history of falling than those with no hearing loss.

Scientists say those with a loss of hearing do not have good awareness of their overall environment.

Researchers theorize that with hearing loss the brain becomes overwhelmed by the demands on its limited resources.