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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 lessen ER trips and dramatically decrease your risk of depression, anxiety, and even cognitive decline.

Wearing your hearing aid can be the difference between living 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. Extreme hearing loss was a widespread problem between them. But only 45% of the participants wore their hearing aids regularly.

This is on par with comparable studies which have revealed that only about 30% of people who have hearing aids actually use them.

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

This may not seem like a very large number. But it’s statistically significant.

And there’s more. They also discovered 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 Decreased by Wearing Hearing Aids?

First for the obvious one. If a person is keeping up with their health, they’re more likely to stay away from ER.

Also, individuals who use their hearing aids stay more socially active. When a person is socially connected they are normally more motivated to keep their appointments and also have more support from family and friends getting to the doctor.

And driving is less dangerous when you can hear, so you will have more confidence if you are getting yourself to your appointment.

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

Thirdly, numerous studies have revealed that using your hearing aid can decrease the risk of falling and dementia. As a person begins to suffer from hearing impairment, the associated region of the brain starts to decline from lack of use. The rest of the brain is ultimately impacted. The disorientation related to falls and symptoms of dementia are frequently the result.

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

These are only a few of the reasons that hearing aids help reduce ER visits.

Why do so Many People Avoid Wearing Hearing Aids?

There’s truly no good reason.

Some don’t use them because they think that hearing aids make them seem older than they actually are. This notion remains in spite of the fact that around 25% of individuals over 65 have substantial hearing loss, and 50% of those 75 and above have it. Hearing loss is not uncommon. It’s common. Additionally, hearing loss is increasing even among 20-year-olds thanks to earbuds and the increase in noise pollution.

Ironically, constantly asking people to repeat themselves often makes a person seem a lot older than they are.

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

Finally, some don’t enjoy the hearing experience with their hearing aid. In this case, your hearing specialist can help you understand what settings work best in different circumstances. Hearing aids don’t always fit and sound perfect on the first fitting and sometimes need several tries.

If something is preventing you from using your hearing aid, it’s time to schedule an appointment with your hearing specialist.

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