Stay out of the hospital with this handy helper
Here’s a simple trick that can keep you out of the ER and away from the hospital.
There are no drugs involved… not even a vitamin.
It’s a hearing aid!
No one likes to admit it when they’re losing their hearing, but it’s especially common in older folks.
Yet few people do anything about it.
Now, new research shows that being proactive and getting a hearing aid can do more than make the world a little louder and easier to figure out.
It can keep you out of the hospital.
If you have hearing loss yourself and don’t have a hearing aid, the new study finds that you’re more likely to end up admitted for any number of reasons.
If you DO have a hearing aid and find yourself in the hospital anyway, you still have an advantage: You’ll be home about half a day quicker.
It’s not clear why, but it seems likely that at least part of the reason is that folks unable to hear well are more likely to suffer accidents, injuries, and other problems.
That’s not the only risk, either.
The longer hearing loss goes untreated, the more likely you could face serious health risks, including memory loss and dementia.
But it could all be avoided with a hearing aid.
And there’s the rub: While many older folks have at least some degree of hearing loss, most folks don’t do anything about it, even when it gets bad.
In the new study, less than half of the folks between 60 and 85 who had severe hearing loss had bothered to get a hearing aid.
That’s a shame, since it can cut the risk of health problems and make your day-to-day living so much easier and more enjoyable.
The new study finds that it can help in other ways, too: A hearing aid will also cut your risk of regular non-emergency doctor visits, saving you time, trouble, and even the cash of all of those copays.
There’s only one downside to a hearing aid, and that’s the cost.
Many plans don’t cover it (although Medicare Advantage often does at least partially), and they’re not exactly cheap.
But there are ways to save a little money. Major retailers like Walmart and Costco often have them cheaper than specialists, and some start at about $350 — depending on where you go and what model you choose.
That’s still a significant chunk of change, but it’s certainly a lot better than a hospital stay.