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If you or someone you know has hearing loss, it’s important to seek help from your doctor. Hearing loss can triple your risk of falling, according to a new study from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. It was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

When someone has impaired hearing, they may not have a strong awareness of their overall environment, making them susceptible to tripping and falling, said study author Dr. Frank Lin, assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

“Gait and balance are things most people take for granted, but they are actually very cognitively demanding, said Lin in a university news release. “If hearing loss imposes a cognitive load, there may be fewer cognitive resources to help with maintaining balance and gait.”

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