HEARING TIPS

Untreated hearing loss leads to increased visits to the emergency room.

Having to go to the ER can be personally and financially costly. What if you could reduce your risk of accidents, falls, depression, anxiety, and even dementia while also preventing visits to the ER.

Wearing your hearing aid can be the difference between having an engaged healthy life and taking lots of trips to the ER, according to some new research.

The Study

This University of Michigan study assembled participants ranging from 65-85. Severe hearing loss was a widespread condition 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 individuals 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 statistically, this is significant.

And that’s not all. They also found 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 keep their regular doctor’s appointments.

How Can ER Visits be Decreased by Using Hearing Aids?

First for the obvious one. 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 normally more motivated to keep their appointments and also have more support from friends and family 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.

Additionally, a U.S. study found that people with hearing loss who don’t wear their hearing aid are two times as likely to be depressed. Depression can bring about a lack of self-care, which can lead to health concerns.

The danger of falling and dementia are, according to numerous studies, also reduced by wearing your hearing aids. As a person starts to suffer from hearing impairment, the corresponding region of the brain starts to decline from lack of use. With time, this can extend through the brain. The disorientation associated with falls and symptoms of dementia are commonly the result.

Long hospital stays often accompany falls and falling is a major cause of senior death.

These are only a few of the reasons that hearing aids help reduce trips to the ER.

So Why is Wearing Hearing Aids Something That so Many People Avoid?

It’s hard to come up with a valid excuse.

Some people don’t use them because they think that hearing aids make them seem older than they are. 25% of individuals 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 happens to many people. Plus, hearing loss is on the rise even among 20-year-olds thanks to earbuds and the rise in noise pollution.

Ironically, frequently asking people to repeat what they said often makes a person seem a lot older than they are.

Some individuals cite the costs of hearing aids. However, hearing aids have become more affordable in just the last few years, and there are financing options available.

Finally, some don’t like the hearing experience with their hearing aid. This can often be corrected by simply working with your hearing specialist to find out how to more effectively use your hearing aid in various settings. Hearing aids don’t always fit and sound optimal on the first fitting and sometimes need several tries.

If something is stopping you from wearing your hearing aid, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your hearing specialist.

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