Trips to the ER can cost you time off work, and also personal pain. What if you could prevent ER visits and significantly decrease your risk of anxiety, depression, and even cognitive decline.
Surfacing studies make the case that, for individuals with severe hearing loss, using their hearing aid could be the difference between staying connected and healthy and ending up spending many nights in the emergency room.
Participants from 65 to 85 participated in a University of Michigan study. Each had significant loss of hearing. But only 45% of the participants wore their hearing aids on a regular basis.
Other researchers have also found that hearing aids were used regularly by only 30% of people who had them.
Of the 585 people in the hearing aid group, 12 fewer people ended up in the ER or non-elective hospital stay.
This may seem like a moderate number. But it’s statistically substantial.
And that’s not all. They also discovered that one day fewer, on average, was spent in the hospital for those who used their hearing aids. They were more likely to keep regular appointments with their doctors, which probably decreased their time in ER.
How Might Hearing Aids Reduce The Need For Emergency Care Visits?
The first one is obvious. You would be less likely to require emergency care if you were paying attention to your health.
Also, individuals who use their hearing aids remain more socially involved. When a person is socially involved they are usually more motivated to keep their appointments and also have more support from family and friends 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.
One study carried out in the U.S. revealed that depression is two times as likely in people who don’t wear their hearing aid. Depression can lead to a lack of self-care, which can lead to health problems.
The danger of falling and dementia are, as outlined by various studies, also decreased by wearing your hearing aids. As a person starts to suffer from hearing impairment, the associated region of the brain starts to decline from disuse. Over time, this can spread through the brain. The disorientation associated with falls and symptoms of dementia are frequently the outcome.
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 decrease ER visits.
Why do so Many People Neglect Wearing Hearing Aids?
It’s hard to come up with a legitimate excuse.
Fear of looking old is one major reason why some people don’t use their hearing aids. 25% of people over 65 and 50% of people over 75 have hearing loss and yet this perception of looking old with hearing aids persists. Hearing impairment isn’t rare. It happens to lots of people. Plus, hearing loss is increasing even with 20-year-olds thanks to earbuds and the increase in noise pollution.
It’s ironic that when someone is always asking people what they said it actually makes them appear older.
Some people cite the costs of hearing aids. However, financing is available for hearing aids and costs have come down in the last few years.
Lastly, some don’t enjoy the hearing experience with their hearing aid. This can typically be corrected 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 optimal on the first fitting and sometimes need a few attempts.
Make an appointment with your hearing specialist so we can help you feel more comfortable wearing your hearing aids.