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As health care gets better the number of older citizens in North America enjoying their golden years are rising. In the US alone there are 40 million adults over the age of 65.

It’s a well-known fact that as we age our sense of balance weakens, putting older folks at risk of injuries due to falls.

Some of the most common disorders that lead to the reduction of balance, and poor motor skills in older individuals are:

• Arthritis
• Vitamin B-12 deficiency
• Diabetes
• Vestibular disorders (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo and vertebrobasilar insufficiency)
• Atherosclerosis
• Cardiovascular disease

It is important for seniors to visit an audiologist that can properly identify, assess, diagnose, manage, and help in the prevention of balance disorders for all patients.

Audiologists can work together with doctors, nurses and those managing care for older populations to properly treat/address and prevent fall-related injuries.

To learn more about how audiologists can help you and the role your audiologist plays in your health, read the PDF co-written by our very own Sean Lennox, Doctor of Audiology.

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