If you didn’t already realize it, your loved one’s hearing is far more important to her keeping her balance and avoiding a fall than you might expect. Damaged hearing or even compromised hearing has a tremendous ability to work against your loved one’s best efforts at keeping herself on her feet.
Sounds Keeps Your Loved One Aware.
One of the biggest reasons that your loved one might have issues with balance due to hearing is because being able to hear what is going on around her keeps your loved one aware of her surroundings. That’s important because when your senior isn’t aware of what’s going on around her, she can easily wind up startled or in a position she didn’t expect.
Lack of Awareness Leads to Other Issues.
When your loved one isn’t aware of what’s going on around her, she also has a poor sense of spatial reasoning. Spatial reasoning is the cognitive function that allows her to determine where she is in relation to items around her. If she’s not able to hear well, then her brain doesn’t have the input that she needs in order to add that to her mental toolbox.
The Inner Ear Is Essential for Balance.
Your loved one’s inner ear is one of her brain’s primary sources of information about how her body is positioned and whether she’s in danger of falling. When her hearing fails, especially if that includes damage to the inner ear, your loved one’s brain doesn’t have that same input anymore and she’s more at risk for taking a tumble.
Your Loved One’s Brain Gets Overwhelmed.
If your loved one is in a loud area, she may experience some of the same problems as she might if she had much poorer hearing than she has. The sensory overwhelm then overwhelms your loved one’s brain, which can cause her to have trouble keeping her balance and even walking.
Senior care providers can help your loved one to work around hearing problems that endanger her balance. Develop a care plan with your loved one’s doctor that is easy for you to implement.