Having to go to the ER can cost you time off work, not to mention personal pain. What if you could reduce your chances of falls, accidents, anxiety, depression, and even dementia while also preventing visits to the ER.
Surfacing studies make the case that, for those with serious hearing loss, using their hearing aid could be the difference between staying connected and healthy and winding up spending many evenings in the emergency room.
Participants from 65 to 85 participated in a University of Michigan study. Severe 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 similar studies which have found that only about 30% of individuals who have hearing aids actually wear 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 not seem like a very large number. But it’s statistically substantial.
And that’s not all. They also found that one day fewer, on average, was spent in the hospital for people who wore their hearing aids. Their time at the ER was probably decreased because they were more likely to show up for their regular doctor’s appointments.
How Can Hearing Aids Minimize The Need For Emergency Care Visits?
The first one is obvious. If an individual is staying on top of their health, they’re more likely to stay out of ER.
Other studies have revealed that when individuals with hearing loss wear their hearing aids, they stay more connected to friends, family, and the community. When a person is socially connected they are usually more committed to keeping keep their appointments and also have more support from family and friends getting to the doctor.
And driving is less dangerous when you can hear, so you will have more confidence if you are getting yourself to your appointment.
In addition, a U.S. study revealed that people with hearing loss who don’t use their hearing aid are twice as likely to be depressed. Depression can lead to a lack of self-care, which can lead to health issues.
The third thing is, numerous studies have found that using your hearing aid can lessen fall risk and cognitive decline. The part of the brain that’s used for hearing will begin to decline from lack of use as hearing declines. The rest of the brain is ultimately impacted. As this occurs, people often experience dementia symptoms as well as the disorientation and lack of balance associated with falls.
Long hospital stays frequently accompany falls and falling is a major 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 Individuals Neglect?
There’s truly no good reason.
Some don’t use them because they think that hearing aids make them seem older than they actually are. 25% of people over 65 and 50% of people over 75 have hearing loss and yet this notion of looking old with hearing aids remains. Hearing impairment isn’t rare. It’s common. Plus, hearing loss is increasing even among 20-year-olds thanks to earbuds and the rise in noise pollution.
Ironically, constantly asking people to repeat themselves often makes a person seem much older than they are.
Some people cite the price of hearing aids. However, financing is available for hearing aids and prices have come down in the last few years.
Some individuals don’t like the way hearing aids sound. This can often be fixed by simply consulting your hearing specialist to find out how to more successfully 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.