A recent study at Johns Hopkins analyzed the connection between hearing loss and physical activity in adults ages 60-69. Findings suggest that hearing loss may be a modifiable risk factor for decreased physical activity.
The study analyzed 291 adults aged 60 to 69 years old. The results suggest those with hearing loss spent significantly less time completing physical activity tasks than those with normal hearing. Physical activity was classified from light-intensity to moderate-to-vigorous. They also reported those with hearing loss had more time in sedentary behaviors and more fragmented activity when completing physical tasks.
According to the CDC, physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health as you age. The question is; if we can treat hearing loss, can we improve physical activity, and therefore improve healthy aging?