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

Having to visit the ER can be financially and personally costly. What if you could lessen your chances of falls, accidents, anxiety, depression, and even dementia while also eliminating trips to the ER.

Surfacing studies make the case that, for those with serious hearing loss, wearing their hearing aid could be the difference between staying involved and healthy and ending up spending many nights in the emergency room.

The Study

Participants between the ages of 65 and 85 participated in a University of Michigan study. Each had severe hearing loss. But out of all of those people who participated, only 45% of them wore their hearing aids regularly.

This is in agreement with similar studies which have revealed that only about 30% of individuals who have hearing aids actually wear them.

Of the 585 individuals in the group who did use their hearing aids, 12 fewer people found themselves 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 those 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 Hearing Aids Minimize The Need For ER Visits?

First for the obvious one. You would be less likely to need emergency care if you are keeping up on your health.

Also, people who use their hearing aids stay more socially active. When a person is socially involved they are usually more committed to keeping keep their appointments and also have more support from family and friends getting to the doctor.

And driving is safer when you can hear, so you will be more confident if you are bringing yourself to your appointment.

One study done in the U.S. found that depression is twice as likely in people who don’t use their hearing aid. Depression can lead to a lack of self-care, which can lead to health problems.

The danger of falling and dementia are, as outlined by numerous studies, also reduced by wearing your hearing aids. As a person begins to lose their hearing, the associated region of the brain begins to decline from disuse. Over time, this can spread through the brain. As this occurs, people frequently experience dementia symptoms as well as the disorientation and lack of balance associated with falls.

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

Hearing aids reduce visits to the ER for these reasons amongst others.

Why do so Many Individuals Neglect Wearing Hearing Aids?

There’s truly no good reason.

Some don’t wear them because they think that hearing aids make them look older than they are. 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 impairment isn’t rare. It happens to lots of people. And thanks to the rise in noise pollution and earbud usage, hearing loss is on the rise among people in their twenties.

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

Some people reference the price of hearing aids. However, financing is available for hearing aids and prices have come down in the past few years.

Lastly, some don’t enjoy the hearing experience with their hearing aid. This can normally be fixed by simply working with your hearing specialist to find out how to more effectively use your hearing aid in different settings. Hearing aids don’t always fit and sound optimal on the first fitting and sometimes need a few tries.

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

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