Having to go to the ER can be personally and financially costly. What if you could prevent ER trips and significantly reduce your risk of depression, anxiety, and even cognitive decline.
Using your hearing aid can be the difference between living an active healthy life and taking lots of trips to the ER, according to some new research.
Participants from 65 to 85 participated in a University of Michigan study. Serious hearing loss was a common condition between them. But out of all of those people who took part, only 45% of them used their hearing aids on a regular basis.
This is in agreement with comparable studies which have revealed that only around 30% of people who have hearing aids actually wear them.
12 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 statistically, this is substantial.
And that’s not all. They also found that one day fewer, on average, was spent in the hospital for individuals who used their hearing aids. 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. You would be less likely to need emergency care if you are paying attention to your health.
Other research has revealed that when people with hearing loss wear their hearing aids, they stay more connected to friends, family, and the community. When a person is socially connected 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’re not hearing.
Additionally, a U.S. study revealed that people with hearing loss who don’t use their hearing aid are twice as likely to be depressed. Depression can result in a lack of self-care, which can lead to health issues.
The danger of falling and dementia are, according to various studies, also decreased by wearing your hearing aids. As a person begins to lose their hearing, the associated part of the brain starts to decline from lack of use. The rest of the brain is ultimately impacted. As this occurs, people often experience dementia symptoms and the disorientation and lack of balance associated with falls.
Long hospital stays often accompany falls and falling is a leading cause of senior death.
Hearing aids reduce visits to the ER for these reasons amongst others.
Why do so Many Individuals Avoid Wearing Hearing Aids?
There’s really no good reason.
Fear of looking old is one leading reason why some individuals don’t use their hearing aids. 25% of individuals over 65 and 50% of people over 75 have hearing loss and yet this perception of looking old with hearing aids persists. Hearing impairment isn’t rare. It happens to many people. And due to the rise in noise pollution and earbud usage, hearing loss is increasing with people in their twenties.
It’s ironic that when someone is always asking people what they said it actually makes them look older.
Some individuals cite the price of hearing aids. However, hearing aids have become more affordable in just the past few years, and there are financing options available.
Some people don’t like the way hearing aids sound. This can typically be fixed by simply working with your hearing specialist to find out how to more effectively use your hearing aid in various settings. Hearing aids sometimes need numerous fittings before they are just right.
If something is preventing you from wearing your hearing aid, it’s time to make an appointment with your hearing specialist.