GREATER REDUCTION IN WALKING SPEED AND AUTOMATICITY OBSERVED IN ADULTS AS SEVERITY OF HEARING IMPAIRMENT INCREASES
Presenter: Soles K
This module addresses:
Question Does walking performance differ with reference to normative
data and according to the severity of hearing impairment?
Conclusion: Adults with moderate/severe hearing impairment have a
significant reduction in walking performance. Physiotherapy assessment
and intervention services for those with hearing impairment warrant
development and evaluation.
Key Practice Points:
• Hearing impairment negatively affects walking performance
• Training walking automaticity for hearing impaired warrants investigation
• Integrated physiotherapy services within hearing clinics is indicated.
CPD Points: 0.25