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 risk of falls, accidents, depression, anxiety, and even dementia while also eliminating visits to the ER.

Surfacing research makes the case that, for those 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

Participants from 65 to 85 participated in a University of Michigan study. Each had extreme hearing loss. But out of all of those who participated, only 45% of them wore their hearing aids regularly.

Other studies have also shown that hearing aids were used regularly by only 30% of people who had 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 seem like a small number. But it’s statistically substantial.

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

How Might Hearing Aids Reduce The Need For ER Visits?

First for the obvious one. You wouldn’t be as likely to need emergency care if you are keeping up on your health.

Also, people who use their hearing aids stay more socially involved. This can bring about both a stronger drive to show up for that doctor’s appointment and better access to services and support 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.

One study carried out in the U.S. revealed 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 issues.

Risks of falling and dementia are, as outlined by numerous studies, also reduced by using your hearing aids. As a person starts to lose their hearing, the corresponding part of the brain begins to decline from lack of use. With time, this can spread through the brain. The disorientation related to falls and symptoms of dementia are commonly the outcome.

Falls are one of the leading causes of death among people over 65, and the consequent hospitalizations last two times as long.

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

So Why is Wearing Hearing Aids Something That so Many People Avoid?

There’s truly no good reason.

Fear of appearing old is one leading reason why some people don’t use their hearing aids. This perception remains despite the fact that nearly 25% of individuals over 65 have substantial hearing loss, and 50% of those 75 and older have it. Hearing loss isn’t unusual. It happens to lots of people. And thanks to the increase in noise pollution and earbud usage, hearing loss is on the rise with people in their twenties.

Ironically, constantly asking people to repeat what they said often makes a person look much older than they are.

Some individuals cite the price of hearing aids. However, hearing aids have become more affordable in just the last few years, and there are financing options available.

Some people don’t like the way hearing aids sound. In this case, your hearing specialist can help you understand what settings work best in different situations. Hearing aids don’t always fit and sound perfect on the first fitting and sometimes require a number of tries.

If something is stopping you from wearing your hearing aid, it’s time to make an appointment with your hearing specialist.

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