The last type of situation you want to imagine yourself in is an emergency where you can’t communicate. Unfortunately, this is a possible scenario. If it does happen, it’s best to be as prepared as possible whether you’re at home or out for a walk at Pigeon Creek Greenway. One way to prepare for such an emergency is to wear a medical ID bracelet, especially if you have hearing loss. We review more about medical ID bracelets below.
What Do the Experts Recommend?
According to the MedicAlert® site, “Any degree of hearing loss can impact a person’s ability to communicate with others. This is why people living with hearing loss should wear a MedicAlert medical ID.”
Why Wear a Medical ID Bracelet if I Have Hearing Loss?
Emergencies can happen where you’re unable to speak about your hearing loss and maybe not even hear because your hearing aids were lost or damaged.
If this was to happen, a medical ID bracelet would allow a first responder to know all your important health information as well as reach out to an emergency contact.
In addition, if you have cochlear implants, they may not be compatible with an MRI machine, which a physician would need to know about.
What Information Goes on a Medical ID Bracelet?
You can put all sorts of information on a medical ID bracelet, including your:
- Medical condition(s)
- Current medications
- Emergency contacts
If there’s not enough room on your medical ID bracelet to list all the information you want to add, you can get one with a QR code, which is a pattern that can be scanned by a smartphone that will lead to a webpage that lists this information.
What Styles Are Available for Medical ID Bracelets?
Medical ID bracelets come in a variety of materials, including silicone, cotton, leather and beads. They also come in pretty much any color you can imagine. If you prefer a necklace, these are also available.
How Much Do Medical ID Bracelets Cost?
Your insurance may cover the cost of a medical ID bracelet, and some hospitals provide them free of charge. If you do need to pay out of pocket, they usually range from $10 to $50.
To learn more or to schedule an appointment with a hearing expert, call Hearing Healthcare Center today.