Having to visit the ER can be financially and personally costly. What if you could prevent ER trips and significantly decrease your chances of anxiety, depression, and even dementia.
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.
This University of Michigan study gathered participants that ranged from 65-85. Serious hearing loss was a widespread problem between them. But only 45% of the participants used their hearing aids on a regular basis.
This is in agreement with comparable studies which have shown that only around 30% of people who have hearing aids actually wear them.
Of the 585 people in the group who did use their hearing aids, 12 fewer people ended up in the ER or non-elective hospital stay.
This may seem like a small number. But statistically, this is substantial.
And that’s not all. They also found that those who wore their hearing aids spend, on average, one day fewer 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 Hearing Aids Minimize The Need For ER Visits?
The first one is obvious. If a person is keeping up with their health, they’re more likely to stay away from ER.
Also, individuals who wear their hearing aids stay more socially active. When a person is socially connected they are usually more motivated to keep their appointments and also have more support from family and friends getting to the doctor.
For those bringing themselves, it means that they will be able to drive more safely with less anxiety about what they’re not hearing.
One study conducted in the U.S. revealed that depression is twice as likely in people who don’t use their hearing aid. Depression can result in a lack of self-care, which can lead to health issues.
Risks of falling and dementia are, as outlined by various studies, also reduced by wearing your hearing aids. The region of the brain that’s responsible for hearing will start to decline from lack of use as hearing declines. With time, this can extend through the brain. The disorientation associated with falls and symptoms of dementia are commonly the result.
Falls are one of the major causes of death among individuals over 65, and the consequent hospital stays last two times as long.
Hearing aids decrease visits to the ER for these reasons amongst others.
So Why is Wearing Hearing Aids Something That so Many People Neglect?
There’s really no good reason.
Some people don’t use them because they think that hearing aids make them appear older than they actually are. 25% of individuals over 65 and 50% of people above the age of 75 have hearing loss and yet this notion of looking old with hearing aids persists. Hearing impairment isn’t rare. It’s common. And due to the rise in noise pollution and earbud usage, hearing loss is on the rise with people in their twenties.
It’s ironic that when someone is constantly asking people what they said it actually makes them seem older.
Cost is often cited as a worry. However, hearing aids have become more affordable in just the last few years, and there are financing options available.
Some individuals don’t like the way hearing aids sound. This can normally be corrected by simply consulting your hearing specialist to find out how to more successfully use your hearing aid in various settings. Hearing aids don’t always fit and sound optimal on the first fitting and sometimes require a number of attempts.
If something is stopping you from wearing your hearing aid, it’s time to make an appointment with your hearing specialist.