Hearing Aids May Save You Money
If you have a hearing loss. hearing aids may make you feel better. Hearing aids may also save you money.
A 10-year study of more than 154,000 adults found that adults who had hearing loss but did not use hearing aids had $22,400 in increased healthcare costs over the 10-year period compared to those without hearing loss.
People who don’t get help for their hearing loss have significantly higher health care costs than those without hearing loss.
Someone with untreated hearing loss is more likely to have hypertension, risk of falling, dementia and depression. But these negative effects are minimized by the use of hearing aids. People who use hearing aids feel better about their health.
Increased health costs
The group with hearing loss who did not use hearing aids had more 30-day hospital readmissions, more inpatient and outpatient stays, more emergency room visits and longer hospital stays:
These findings are consistent with a 2016 study of more than 500,000 middle-aged adults.
It is unclear why people with hearing loss who don’t seek help have higher health care costs. Cognitive decline, risk of falls, and social isolation are possible is also likely to interfere with communication between a patient and physician or other health care provider.
This study did not investigate whether using hearing aids would minimize or eliminate the increased health costs. However, other large studies have found at the use of hearing aids significantly reduces the effect of hearing loss on cognitive decline and depression in older adults.
These results are additional evidence that hearing loss is a national public health concern, with hearing loss don’t seek help. Since you’re reading our newsletter, you probably have taken action-not only to hear better, but also to feel better.