The Association between Hearing Loss, Postural Control, and Mobility in Older Adults: A Systematic Review

@article{Agmon2017TheAB,
  title={The Association between Hearing Loss, Postural Control, and Mobility in Older Adults: A Systematic Review},
  author={Maayan Agmon and Limor Lavie and Michail Doumas},
  journal={Journal of the American Academy of Audiology},
  year={2017},
  volume={28},
  pages={575–588}
}
Background: Degraded hearing in older adults has been associated with reduced postural control and higher risk of falls. Both hearing loss (HL) and falls have dramatic effects on older persons’ quality of life (QoL). A large body of research explored the comorbidity between the two domains. Purpose: The aim of the current review is to describe the comorbidity between HL and objective measures of postural control, to offer potential mechanisms underlying this relationship, and to discuss the… 
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