Having to go to the ER can cost you time off work, not to mention personal pain. What if you could prevent ER trips and dramatically reduce your chances of depression, anxiety, and even cognitive decline.
Wearing your hearing aid can be the difference between having an engaged healthy life and taking many trips to the ER, according to some new studies.
Participants from 65 to 85 participated in a University of Michigan study. Serious hearing loss was a widespread problem 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 shown that only about 30% of people who have hearing aids actually wear them.
!2 fewer, of the 585 individuals who did wear their hearing aid, had Er visits or unplanned hospitalizations.
This may seem like a moderate 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 individuals who wore their hearing aids. They were more likely to keep regular appointments with their doctors, which most likely decreased their time in ER.
How Might Hearing Aids Decrease The Need For Emergency Care Visits?
The first one is obvious. You wouldn’t be as likely to require emergency care if you are paying attention to your health.
Also, people who use their hearing aids stay more socially engaged. When a person is socially involved they are normally more motivated to keep their appointments and also have more help from family and friends getting to the doctor.
For those driving themselves, it means that they will be able to drive more safely with less stress about what they can’t hear.
In addition, a U.S. study revealed that those with hearing loss who don’t use their hearing aid are twice as likely to be depressed. Health issues related to lack of self care is often an outcome of depression.
The third thing is, several studies have revealed that using your hearing aid can reduce the risk of falling and cognitive decline. The region 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 eventually affected. The disorientation related to falls and symptoms of dementia are commonly the outcome.
Falls are one of the leading causes of death among people over 65, and the consequent hospital stays last two times as long.
These are only a few of the reasons that hearing aids help decrease ER visits.
Why do so Many People Neglect Wearing Hearing Aids?
There’s really no good reason.
Some don’t wear 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 perception of looking old with hearing aids remains. Hearing impairment isn’t rare. It’s common. And thanks to the rise in noise pollution and earbud usage, hearing loss is increasing with people in their twenties.
Ironically, frequently asking people to repeat what they said often makes a person appear a lot older than they are.
Some individuals reference the costs of hearing aids. However, financing is possible for hearing aids and prices have come down in the past few years.
Some people don’t like how hearing aids sound. This can often be fixed by simply consulting your hearing specialist to find out how to more effectively use your hearing aid in different settings. Hearing aids sometimes need multiple fittings before they are just right.
Make an appointment with your hearing specialist so we can help you feel more comfortable wearing your hearing aids.