Adults with self-reported hearing loss are at higher risk for accidental injuries, especially injuries related to leisure activities, suggests a study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), accidental injuries accounted for 28 million emergency room visits in the United States in 2013.
The Boston researchers used data from the National Health Interview Survey – a representative sample of adults across the United States – in which respondents classified their hearing as excellent, good, a little trouble hearing, moderate trouble hearing, a lot of trouble hearing, or deaf, and reported accidental injuries within the previous three months.
According to the researchers, 6.6 million of the survey respondents reported accidental injuries. Of those, one in six classified their hearing as less than "excellent" or "good," and people with “a lot of trouble hearing” were twice as likely to have been injured. This study was published in JAMA Otolaryngology.