Trips to the ER can cost you time off work, and also personal pain. What if you could reduce your risk of falls, accidents, depression, anxiety, and even dementia while also eliminating visits to the ER.
Using your hearing aid can be the difference between living an active healthy life and taking many trips to the ER, according to some new research.
Participants between the ages of 65 and 85 participated in a University of Michigan study. Extreme hearing loss was a common problem between them. But only 45% of the participants wore their hearing aids on a regular basis.
This is in agreement with comparable studies which have found that only around 30% of individuals 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 might seem like a small number. But it’s statistically significant.
And that’s not all. They also determined that those who wore their hearing aids spend, on average, one fewer day in the hospital. They were more likely to keep regular appointments with their doctors, which likely decreased their time in ER.
How Might Hearing Aids Decrease The Need For ER Visits?
The first one is obvious. You would be less likely to require emergency care if you were keeping up on your health.
Other studies have shown that when individuals with hearing loss wear their hearing aids, they stay more connected to friends, family, and the community. When a person is socially involved they are normally more committed to keeping keep their appointments and also have more help from friends and family getting to the doctor.
For those driving themselves, it means that they can drive more safely with less stress about what they can’t hear.
In addition, a U.S. study found that people with hearing loss who don’t wear their hearing aid are two times as likely to be depressed. Health problems linked to lack of self care is frequently an outcome of depression.
The third thing is, several studies have shown that wearing your hearing aid can decrease fall risk and cognitive decline. As a person starts to lose their hearing, the associated region of the brain starts to decline from disuse. The rest of the brain is ultimately impacted. As this happens, people commonly experience dementia symptoms as well as the disorientation and lack of balance connected with falls.
Long hospital stays frequently accompany falls and falling is a major cause of senior death.
Hearing aids decrease visits to the ER for these reasons amongst others.
So Why is Wearing Hearing Aids Something That so Many People Neglect?
It’s difficult to come up with a valid excuse.
Fear of appearing old is one leading reason why some individuals don’t use 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 remains. Hearing loss isn’t unusual. It’s common. Plus, hearing loss is increasing even among 20-year-olds because of earbuds and the increase in noise pollution.
It’s ironic that when someone is constantly asking people what they said it actually makes them seem older.
Price is frequently mentioned as a worry. However, the price of hearing aids has come down in just the last few years, and there are ways to finance them.
Lastly, some don’t like 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 successfully 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 attempts.
If something is stopping you from using your hearing aid, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your hearing specialist.