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

Trips to the ER can cost you time off work, and also personal pain. What if you could lessen ER visits and significantly reduce your risk of anxiety, depression, and even cognitive decline.

Emerging research makes the case that, for people with serious hearing loss, wearing their hearing aid could be the difference between staying involved and healthy and winding up spending many nights in the emergency room.

The Research

This University of Michigan study assembled participants which ranged from 65-85. Severe hearing loss was a widespread condition between them. But out of all of those people who participated, only 45% of them used their hearing aids on a regular basis.

This is in agreement with similar studies which have found that only about 30% of people who have hearing aids actually use them.

Of the 585 individuals in the group who did use their hearing aids, 12 fewer people ended up in the ER or non-elective hospital stay.

This might not seem like a very big number. But it’s statistically significant.

And there’s more. They also found that one day fewer, on average, was spent in the hospital for people who wore their hearing aids. Their time at the ER was probably decreased because they were more likely to show up for their regular doctor’s appointments.

How Can ER Visits be Reduced by Using Hearing Aids?

First for the obvious one. If an individual is staying on top of their health, they’re more likely to stay out of ER.

Also, people who use their hearing aids remain more socially involved. This can bring about both a stronger drive to keep that doctor’s appointment and better access to services and assistance to get to appointments.

And driving is safer when you can hear, so you will have more confidence if you are getting yourself to your appointment.

Additionally, a U.S. study found that individuals with hearing loss who don’t use their hearing aid are twice as likely to be depressed. Health problems related to lack of self care is commonly an outcome of depression.

Risks of falling and dementia are, according to numerous studies, also decreased by using your hearing aids. As a person starts to suffer from hearing impairment, the associated region of the brain begins to decline from lack of use. The rest of the brain is ultimately impacted. As this happens, people commonly experience dementia symptoms and the disorientation and lack of balance associated with falls.

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

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

So Why is Wearing Hearing Aids Something That so Many Individuals Neglect?

There’s truly no good reason.

Fear of appearing old is one leading reason why some individuals don’t wear their hearing aids. 25% of people over 65 and 50% of people over 75 have hearing loss and yet this perception of looking old with hearing aids persists. Hearing loss is not uncommon. It happens to many people. And due to the increase in noise pollution and earbud usage, hearing loss is increasing among people in their twenties.

It’s ironic that when someone is always asking people what they said it actually makes them seem older.

Cost is frequently mentioned as a concern. However, financing is available for hearing aids and prices have come down in the past few years.

Some individuals don’t like the way hearing aids sound. This can normally be corrected by simply consulting your hearing specialist to learn how to more effectively use your hearing aid in various settings. Hearing aids sometimes need multiple fittings before they are just right.

Schedule an appointment with your hearing specialist so we can help you feel more secure wearing your hearing aids.

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