Hearing loss, hospitals and admission rates

There are a ton of good reasons to fix your hearing loss. From improving your risks of falls and cognitive decline to helping you live and enjoy your best life.

Here’s one more — because people who struggle hearing are more likely to be readmitted to the hospital after discharge.

It’s true. According to a study by researchers at New York University, discharged patients 65 and older who were hard of hearing had a 32% higher readmission rate than peers without hearing impairment.

If you’ve ever been to a hospital, you can understand why this is true. Hospitals are loud, busy places, and ensuring you clearly hear and understand discharge instructions — like medications to take, warning signs to look out for, etc. — is important to proper healing. If you don’t catch the details or miss the doctor’s directive, it could negatively impact recovery.

As if that weren’t enough, a University of Michigan study found that hearing loss treatment has been shown to result in fewer hospital and ER visits by older adults — meaning treating hearing loss may help keep you out of the hospital in at least two different ways.

Want even more good reasons to treat hearing loss? Then talk to a local hearing healthcare professional. They’ll be happy to walk you through all the benefits of hearing better. To find a hearing professional near you, just click here and type in your zip code. You’ll see a list of local providers you can call.


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By Starkey Hearing