Having to go to the ER cause you to miss work, not to mention personal pain. What if you could lessen ER visits and substantially decrease your risk of anxiety, depression, and even cognitive decline.
Emerging studies make the case that, for those with serious hearing loss, wearing their hearing aid could be the difference between staying involved and healthy and ending up spending many nights in the emergency room.
Participants from 65 to 85 participated in a University of Michigan study. Extreme hearing loss was a widespread condition between them. But only 45% of the participants wore their hearing aids on a regular basis.
This is on par with comparable studies which have revealed that only about 30% of people who have hearing aids actually use them.
Of the 585 individuals in the hearing aid group, 12 fewer people found themselves in the ER or non-elective hospital stay.
This might seem like a small number. But it’s statistically substantial.
And that’s not all. They also discovered that those who wore their hearing aids spend, on average, one fewer day in the hospital. They were more likely to show up for regular appointments with their doctors, which most likely reduced their time in ER.
How Might Hearing Aids Minimize The Need For Emergency Care Visits?
First for the obvious one. You wouldn’t be as likely to require emergency care if you are paying attention to your health.
Also, people who wear their hearing aids stay more socially engaged. This can result in both a greater motivation to show up for that doctor’s appointment and better access to services and help to get to appointments.
For those driving themselves, it means that they can drive more safely with less stress about what they’re not hearing.
One study carried out in the U.S. found that depression is two times as likely in people who don’t use their hearing aid. Depression can result in a lack of self-care, which can lead to health concerns.
The third thing is, various studies have revealed that using your hearing aid can lessen fall risk and dementia. As a person begins to lose their hearing, the corresponding region of the brain starts to decline from disuse. With time, this can extend through the brain. The disorientation related to falls and symptoms of dementia are commonly the result.
Long hospital stays often accompany falls and falling is a major cause of senior death.
These are just a few of the reasons that hearing aids help minimize ER visits.
So Why is Wearing Hearing Aids Something That so Many Individuals Neglect?
There’s really no good reason.
Fear of looking old is one major reason why some people don’t use their hearing aids. 25% of individuals over 65 and 50% of people above the age of 75 have hearing loss and yet this perception of looking old with hearing aids remains. Hearing impairment isn’t rare. It happens to many people. And thanks to the rise in noise pollution and earbud usage, hearing loss is increasing among people in their twenties.
Ironically, continuously asking people to repeat themselves often makes a person appear a lot older than they are.
Cost is often noted as a worry. However, the price of hearing aids has come down in just the last few years, and there are ways to finance them.
Lastly, some don’t like the hearing experience with their hearing aid. In this case, your hearing specialist can help you understand what settings work best in different circumstances. Hearing aids can require several 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.