Untreated hearing loss leads to increased visits to the emergency room.

Trips to the ER cause you to miss work, and also personal pain. What if you could minimize your chances of accidents, falls, anxiety, depression, and even dementia while also eliminating trips to the ER.

Emerging studies make the case that, for people with serious hearing loss, using their hearing aid could be the difference between staying involved and healthy and ending up spending many nights in the emergency room.

The Research

This University of Michigan research gathered participants which ranged from 65-85. Serious hearing loss was a common condition between them. But only 45% of the participants wore their hearing aids on a regular basis.

This is in agreement with comparable studies which have found that only about 30% of individuals who have hearing aids actually use them.

Of the 585 people in the hearing aid group, 12 fewer people ended up in the ER or non-elective hospital stay.

This might not seem like a very large number. But it’s statistically significant.

And that’s not all. They also discovered that one day fewer, on average, was spent in the hospital for individuals who used their hearing aids. They were more likely to keep regular appointments with their doctors, which likely decreased their time in ER.

How Might Hearing Aids Minimize The Need For Emergency Care Visits?

First for the obvious one. If a person is staying on top of their health, they’re more likely to stay away from ER.

Also, individuals who wear their hearing aids stay more socially active. When a person is socially connected they are normally more committed to keeping keep their appointments and also have more help from friends and family getting to the doctor.

And driving is less dangerous when you can hear, so you will be more confident if you are bringing yourself to your appointment.

In addition, a U.S. study revealed that individuals with hearing loss who don’t use their hearing aid are two times as likely to be depressed. Health issues related to lack of self care is commonly an outcome of depression.

The danger of falling and dementia are, as outlined by numerous studies, also reduced by wearing your hearing aids. The region of the brain that’s responsible for hearing will begin to decline from lack of use as hearing declines. With time, this can spread through the brain. The disorientation related to falls and symptoms of dementia are frequently the result.

Long hospital stays often accompany falls and falling is a leading cause of senior death.

These are only a few of the reasons that hearing aids help minimize ER visits.

So Why is Wearing Hearing Aids Something That so Many People Neglect?

It’s difficult to come up with a valid excuse.

Fear of looking old is one major reason why some people don’t wear their hearing aids. This notion persists in spite of the fact that about 25% of individuals over 65 have substantial hearing loss, and 50% of those 75 and older have it. Hearing impairment isn’t rare. It’s common. Additionally, hearing loss is increasing even with 20-year-olds thanks to earbuds and the rise in noise pollution.

It’s ironic that when someone is constantly asking people what they said it actually makes them seem older.

Price is frequently noted as a concern. However, financing is available for hearing aids and prices have come down in the past few years.

Lastly, some don’t enjoy the hearing experience with their hearing aid. This can normally be fixed by simply consulting your hearing specialist to find out how to more effectively use your hearing aid in different settings. Hearing aids don’t always fit and sound perfect on the first fitting and sometimes require a number of tries.

If something is preventing you from wearing your hearing aid, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your hearing specialist.

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