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

Having to visit the ER can be personally and financially costly. What if you could minimize ER trips and substantially reduce your risk of anxiety, depression, and even dementia.

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

The Study

Participants between the ages of 65 and 85 participated in a University of Michigan study. Each had severe loss of hearing. But only 45% of the participants wore their hearing aids regularly.

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

Of the 585 people 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 large number. But it’s statistically substantial.

And there’s more. They also found that one day fewer, on average, was spent in the hospital for individuals who used their hearing aids. They were more likely to keep regular appointments with their doctors, which probably decreased their time in ER.

How Can Emergency Care Visits be Reduced by Wearing Hearing Aids?

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

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

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

One study conducted in the U.S. found that depression is two times as likely in individuals who don’t use their hearing aid. Depression can bring about a lack of self-care, which can lead to health issues.

The third thing is, several studies have revealed that using your hearing aid can reduce the risk of falling and dementia. As a person starts to suffer from hearing impairment, the corresponding part of the brain begins to decline from lack of use. The rest of the brain is ultimately impacted. The disorientation associated with falls and symptoms of dementia are commonly the outcome.

Falls are one of the leading causes of death among people over 65, and the resulting hospital stays last twice as long.

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

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

It’s hard 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 notion of looking old with hearing aids remains. Hearing impairment isn’t rare. It happens to many people. And due to the increase in noise pollution and earbud usage, hearing loss is on the rise with people in their twenties.

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

Price is often noted as a concern. However, financing is available for hearing aids and costs 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 learn how to more effectively use your hearing aid in different settings. Hearing aids don’t always fit and sound perfect on the first fitting and sometimes need a number of attempts.

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

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