Ask the Nurse; Can Vision & Hearing Affect My Balance?

February 2, 2021

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Yes, vision and hearing loss can affect your balance. Impaired vision can affect your balance and as well as doubles your chance of having a fall. Also, people with mild hearing loss are three times more likely to have a history of falling.

Your inner ear is what controls your balance. Ear infections can also affect your hearing and balance which is why it is important to keep regular vision and hearing exams. Enrolling in a balance and strengthening class may be of great benefit to help you keep your balance. If you are having further vision or hearing issues, consult your physician for other treatment options.

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