Having to go to the ER can be financially and personally costly. What if you could reduce your chances of falls, accidents, depression, anxiety, and even dementia while also eliminating visits to the ER.
Wearing your hearing aid can be the difference between having an active healthy life and taking many trips to the ER, according to some new research.
Participants from 65 to 85 participated in a University of Michigan study. Severe hearing loss was a common problem between them. But out of all of those who participated, only 45% of them used their hearing aids regularly.
This is in agreement with comparable studies which have shown that only about 30% of people who have hearing aids actually wear them.
12 fewer, of the 585 people who did wear their hearing aid, had Er visits or unplanned hospitalizations.
This might not seem like a very big number. But it’s statistically significant.
And there’s more. They also discovered that those who used their hearing aids spend, on average, one fewer day in the hospital. Their time at the ER was probably reduced because they were more likely to show up for their regular doctor’s appointments.
How Might Hearing Aids Reduce The Need For Emergency Care Visits?
The first one is obvious. If a person is keeping up with their health, they’re more likely to stay out of ER.
Also, individuals who use their hearing aids remain more socially engaged. When a person is socially involved they are usually more motivated to keep their appointments and also have more help from friends and family getting to the doctor.
And driving is safer when you can hear, so you will have more confidence if you are bringing yourself to your appointment.
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 concerns related to lack of self care is commonly an outcome of depression.
Risks of falling and dementia are, according to numerous studies, also reduced by using your hearing aids. 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 affected. The disorientation related to falls and symptoms of dementia are frequently the result.
Long hospital stays frequently accompany falls and falling is a leading cause of senior death.
These are just a few of the reasons that hearing aids help minimize trips to the ER.
So Why is Wearing Hearing Aids Something That so Many People Neglect?
It’s difficult to come up with a legitimate excuse.
Fear of looking old is one leading reason why some people don’t use their hearing aids. This notion persists despite the fact that around 25% of people over 65 have significant hearing loss, and 50% of those 75 and above have it. Hearing impairment isn’t rare. It’s common. And thanks to the rise in noise pollution and earbud usage, hearing loss is increasing among people in their twenties.
It’s ironic that when someone is always asking people what they said it actually makes them look older.
Some people cite the costs of hearing aids. However, financing is available for hearing aids and prices have come down in the past few years.
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 sometimes need numerous fittings before they are just right.
Schedule an appointment with your hearing specialist so we can help you feel more comfortable wearing your hearing aids.