Trips to the ER can cost you time off work, and also personal pain. What if you could lessen your risk of falls, accidents, depression, anxiety, and even dementia while also eliminating trips to the ER.
Using 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.
This University of Michigan study assembled participants ranging from 65-85. Extreme hearing loss was a widespread problem between them. But out of all of those people who took part, only 45% of them used their hearing aids regularly.
Other researchers have also revealed that hearing aids were used regularly by only 30% of individuals who had them.
12 fewer, of the 585 individuals who did use their hearing aid, had Er visits or unplanned hospitalizations.
This may not seem like a very large number. But statistically, this is substantial.
And that’s not all. They also found 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 Emergency Care Visits be Decreased by Using Hearing Aids?
The first one is obvious. If an individual is keeping up with their health, they’re more likely to stay away from ER.
Also, individuals who wear their hearing aids remain more socially engaged. When a person is socially connected they are usually more motivated to keep their appointments and also have more help from friends and family getting to the doctor.
For those bringing themselves, it means that they can drive more safely with less anxiety about what they’re not hearing.
Additionally, a U.S. study revealed that individuals with hearing loss who don’t use their hearing aid are two times as likely to be depressed. Health concerns linked to lack of self care is often an outcome of depression.
The danger of falling and dementia are, according to various studies, also decreased by using your hearing aids. As a person starts to suffer from hearing impairment, the associated region of the brain starts to decline from lack of use. Over time, this can extend through the brain. The disorientation associated with falls and symptoms of dementia are frequently the result.
Falls are one of the major causes of death among people over 65, and the consequent hospital stays last twice as long.
Hearing aids reduce visits to the ER for these reasons amongst others.
Why do so Many People Avoid Wearing Hearing Aids?
There’s truly no good reason.
Fear of appearing old is one major reason why some people don’t wear their hearing aids. 25% of individuals over 65 and 50% of people over 75 have hearing loss and yet this notion of looking old with hearing aids persists. Hearing loss is not unusual. It happens to many people. Plus, hearing loss is on the rise even among 20-year-olds because of earbuds and the increase in noise pollution.
It’s ironic that when someone is always asking people what they said it actually makes them seem older.
Cost is frequently noted as a worry. However, hearing aids have become more affordable in just the last few years, and there are ways to finance them.
Some people don’t like how hearing aids sound. If this is a problem for you, your hearing specialist can help you understand what settings work best in different situations. Hearing aids can require several fittings before they are just right.
If something is stopping you from wearing your hearing aid, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your hearing specialist.