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

Having to visit the ER can be financially and personally costly. What if you could lessen your risk of accidents, falls, depression, anxiety, and even dementia while also preventing trips to the ER.

Surfacing research makes the case that, for those with serious hearing loss, wearing their hearing aid could be the difference between staying connected and healthy and winding up spending many nights in the emergency room.

The Research

Participants from 65 to 85 participated in a University of Michigan study. Each had extreme loss of hearing. But out of all of those people who took part, only 45% of them wore their hearing aids on a regular basis.

Other studies have also revealed that hearing aids were used regularly by only 30% of individuals who had them.

Of the 585 individuals in the group who did use their hearing aids, 12 fewer people found themselves in the ER or non-elective hospital stay.

This may seem like a small number. But it’s statistically significant.

And there’s more. They also found that one day fewer, on average, was spent in the hospital for those who used their hearing aids. Their time at the ER was probably decreased because they were more likely to keep their regular doctor’s appointments.

How Might Hearing Aids Decrease The Need For ER Visits?

First for the obvious one. If a person is keeping up with their health, they’re more likely to stay away from ER.

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

For those driving themselves, it means that they can drive more safely with less stress about what they can’t hear.

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

The danger of falling and dementia are, according to numerous studies, also decreased by using your hearing aids. As a person starts to lose their hearing, the associated part of the brain starts to decline from disuse. The rest of the brain is eventually affected. The disorientation associated with falls and symptoms of dementia are often the outcome.

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

Hearing aids reduce visits to the ER for these reasons amongst others.

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

There’s truly no good reason.

Fear of looking old is one leading reason why some people don’t wear their hearing aids. This notion remains in spite of the fact that nearly 25% of people over 65 have significant hearing loss, and 50% of those 75 and above have it. Hearing loss is not uncommon. It’s common. And thanks to the rise in noise pollution and earbud usage, hearing loss is on the rise with people in their twenties.

Ironically, frequently asking people to repeat what they said often makes a person appear much older than they are.

Some people cite the price of hearing aids. However, financing is available for hearing aids and costs have come down in the past few years.

Some individuals don’t like how hearing aids sound. This can normally be fixed by simply consulting your hearing specialist to learn how to more effectively use your hearing aid in different settings. Hearing aids can require numerous fittings before they are just right.

Make an appointment with your hearing specialist so we can help you feel more secure wearing your hearing aids.

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