Having to go to the ER can be personally and financially costly. What if you could prevent ER trips and substantially reduce your risk of anxiety, depression, and even dementia.
Surfacing research makes the case that, for those 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. Severe hearing loss was a common condition between them. But out of all of those people who took part, only 45% of them wore their hearing aids regularly.
Other researchers have also demonstrated that hearing aids were used regularly by only 30% of individuals who had them.
!2 fewer, of the 585 individuals who did wear their hearing aid, had Er visits or unplanned hospitalizations.
This might not seem like a very large number. But it’s statistically significant.
And there’s more. They also discovered that one day fewer, on average, was spent in the hospital for those who wore their hearing aids. They were more likely to keep regular appointments with their doctors, which likely reduced their time in ER.
How Can ER Visits be Reduced by Using Hearing Aids?
The first one is obvious. You would be less likely to need emergency care if you were paying attention to your health.
Other studies have revealed that when people with hearing loss wear their hearing aids, they stay more connected to friends, family, and the community. This can result in both a stronger motivation to show up for that doctor’s appointment and better access to services and support to get to appointments.
And driving is less dangerous when you can hear, so you will be more confident if you are getting yourself to your appointment.
Additionally, a U.S. study found that those with hearing loss who don’t wear 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.
Risks of falling and dementia are, as outlined by numerous studies, also decreased by using your hearing aids. The part of the brain that’s responsible for hearing will begin to decline from lack of use as hearing declines. Over time, this can spread through the brain. As this happens, people commonly experience dementia symptoms and 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 minimize visits to the ER for these reasons amongst others.
Why do so Many People Avoid Wearing Hearing Aids?
It’s hard to come up with a legitimate excuse.
Fear of appearing old is one major reason why some people don’t wear their hearing aids. This notion persists despite the fact that about 25% of people over 65 have substantial hearing loss, and 50% of those 75 and older have it. Hearing impairment isn’t rare. It’s common. And due to the increase 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 seem much older than they are.
Price is often cited as a concern. 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 typically be corrected by simply consulting your hearing specialist to find out how to more successfully use your hearing aid in various settings. Hearing aids can require multiple 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.