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

Having to go to the ER can cost you time off work, and also personal pain. What if you could lessen ER visits and substantially reduce your risk of anxiety, depression, and even dementia.

Using your hearing aid can be the difference between living an active healthy life and taking lots of trips to the ER, according to some new research.

The Study

This University of Michigan research gathered participants that ranged from 65-85. Each had extreme loss of hearing. But only 45% of the participants wore their hearing aids on a regular basis.

This is in agreement with comparable studies which have shown that only about 30% of people who have hearing aids actually wear 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 big number. But statistically, this is significant.

And that’s not all. They also found that those who used their hearing aids spend, on average, one fewer day in the hospital. They were more likely to keep regular appointments with their doctors, which most likely decreased their time in ER.

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

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

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

And driving is safer when you can hear, so you will be more confident if you are bringing yourself to your appointment.

Additionally, a U.S. study revealed that people with hearing loss who don’t use their hearing aid are twice as likely to be depressed. Health concerns related to lack of self care is often an outcome of depression.

Risks of falling and dementia are, according to numerous studies, also decreased by wearing your hearing aids. The part of the brain that’s responsible for hearing will start 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 and the disorientation and lack of balance associated with falls.

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

These are just a few of the reasons that hearing aids help minimize trips to the ER.

Why do so Many Individuals Avoid Wearing Hearing Aids?

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. 25% of people over 65 and 50% of people over 75 have hearing loss and yet this perception of looking old with hearing aids persists. Hearing loss is not unusual. It’s common. And thanks to the increase in noise pollution and earbud usage, hearing loss is on the rise among people in their twenties.

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

Price is often cited as a worry. However, the price of hearing aids has come down in just the last few years, and there are financing options available.

Some people don’t like the way hearing aids sound. This can often be corrected by simply consulting your hearing specialist to find out how to more successfully use your hearing aid in various settings. Hearing aids don’t always fit and sound optimal on the first fitting and sometimes require a number of attempts.

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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