Did you know there’s a link between your ears and your feet?

A study from Washington University School of Medicine revealed that patients with hearing aids performed better during standard balance testing with their devices turned on, compared with when they were turned off.

Testing a small group of participants 65 to 91, the study demonstrated that sound information contributes to maintaining body stability. During their tests, all participants served as their own control groups, as they completed the tests with their hearing aids on and off.

The Foam Test - researchers, had participants stand on large blocks of foam with their feet together, and their arms crossed above their heads for 30 seconds. The results revealed that 10 of 14 participants scored better with their hearing aids turned on.

The Tandem Test – blindfolded participants, were asked to place one foot in front of the other and stand heel-to-toe for 30 seconds. If the participants, moved, opened their eyes or took a step, the timer was stopped. Results revealed a median of 3.2 seconds with hearing aids turned off, and 9.6 seconds with hearing aids turned on.

The study supports the idea that hearing treatment through hearing aids may reduce the risk of falls in seniors. If you, or someone you know has been experiencing balance problems, it could be caused by their hearing. To lower your risk, it’s important to have your hearing checked.

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Source: http://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/27773.aspx