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

Having to go to the ER can be personally and financially costly. What if you could prevent ER trips and dramatically reduce your chances of anxiety, depression, and even dementia.

Using your hearing aid can be the difference between having an engaged healthy life and taking many trips to the ER, according to some new research.

The Research

Participants from 65 to 85 participated in a University of Michigan study. Serious hearing loss was a common problem between them. But only 45% of the participants wore their hearing aids on a regular basis.

Other studies have also found that hearing aids were worn regularly by only 30% of people who had them.

12 fewer, of the 585 people who did wear their hearing aid, had Er visits or unplanned hospitalizations.

This might seem like a small number. But statistically, this is significant.

And that’s not all. They also found that one day fewer, on average, was spent in the hospital for individuals who wore their hearing aids. They were more likely to keep regular appointments with their doctors, which likely reduced their time in ER.

How Might Hearing Aids Decrease The Need For ER Visits?

The first one is obvious. If an individual is keeping up with their health, they’re more likely to stay out of ER.

Other studies have shown that when individuals with hearing loss use their hearing aids, they stay more connected to family, friends, and the community. When a person is socially involved they are normally more committed to keeping keep their appointments and also have more support from friends and family getting to the doctor.

For those driving themselves, it means that they will be able to drive more safely with less anxiety about what they can’t hear.

Additionally, a U.S. study revealed that those with hearing loss who don’t use their hearing aid are two times as likely to be depressed. Depression can result in a lack of self-care, which can lead to health issues.

Risks of falling and dementia are, according to various studies, also reduced by using your hearing aids. The part of the brain that’s used for hearing will begin to decline from lack of use as hearing declines. The rest of the brain is eventually affected. As this happens, people frequently experience dementia symptoms as well as the disorientation and lack of balance associated with falls.

Falls are one of the major causes of death among individuals over 65, and the consequent hospital stays last two times as long.

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

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

There’s truly no good reason.

Some don’t use them because they think that hearing aids make them look older than they actually are. This notion remains in spite of the fact that nearly 25% of individuals over 65 have significant hearing loss, and 50% of those 75 and older have it. Hearing loss is not uncommon. It’s common. And due to the increase in noise pollution and earbud usage, hearing loss is on the rise among people in their twenties.

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

Some individuals reference the price of hearing aids. However, the price of hearing aids has come down in just the past few years, and there are ways to finance them.

Lastly, some don’t enjoy the hearing experience with their hearing aid. This can often be fixed by simply consulting your hearing specialist to find out how to more successfully use your hearing aid in various settings. Hearing aids can require multiple fittings before they are just right.

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

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