People with hearing loss are more susceptible to falls. Studies have shown that having hearing loss triples the risk of falls for people age 40 and older, regardless of the degree of hearing loss.
Detection & alerts
As a result, hearing aid manufacturers are starting to incorporate technology into their hearing aids to both detect a fall and send an alert to a contact.
Having fall detection in a device that is worn daily, like a hearing aid offers convenience over a traditional medical alert system, as well as doubling the sensitivity, given most people will be wearing two hearing aids, each with their own sensor.
The hearing aid sensors work as one system to intelligently identify a true fall event, and not to respond to things like one of the devices falling on the ground, or a person quickly picking something up. The left and right devices essentially communicate with each other to check each other’s status to confirm if there is a true fall event to detect.
At Hear Check, we can activate this feature in the hearing aid software. You can then enter the details of your preferred contacts in case of a fall into the corresponding App. When a fall is detected, you will hear an audio prompt in your hearing aids asking if you have fallen. You then have 60 seconds to stop a message being sent to your emergency contacts. If you have had a fall, you will receive confirmation once each of your alert contacts have been successfully reached.
In addition to the automated fall detection and alert capacity, it is also possible to use the alert system manually. Perhaps you have not fallen, but feel unwell, and need assistance. By tapping a button, you can send an automatic alert to your contacts, telling them you need help.