If you’re ever in an emergency situation, a medical ID bracelet can provide first responders with important information about you whether you’re at home or going for a walk at Torreon Park on Alameda Street. If you have hearing loss, you may be wondering if a medical ID bracelet is necessary. We answer this question in this post.
What Do the Experts Say About It?
The MedicAlert site reports, “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 Are Medical ID Bracelets Important for People with Hearing Loss?
Even if you don’t even want to think about the possibility, you may at some point be in an emergency situation where you can’t speak and perhaps also not hear because your hearing aids were lost or damaged. If this were 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.
If you have cochlear implants, they may not be compatible with an MRI machine, which a physician would need to know about as well.
What Information Goes on a Medical ID Bracelet?
Some information that may go on a medical ID bracelet includes your:
- Medical condition(s)
- Current medications
- Emergency contacts
If there’s no room on your medical ID bracelet to list all your information, you may be able to get one with a QR code, which is a pattern that can be scanned by a smartphone, which will lead to a webpage that lists this information.
What Materials & Colors Are Available for Medical ID Bracelets?
Medical ID bracelets come in a wide variety of materials, such as silicone, cotton, leather and beads, and in as many colors as you can imagine. Necklaces, rather than bracelets, are also available.
Where Can I Get a Medical ID Bracelet?
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 about $10 to $50.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with a hearing expert, call Southwestern Hearing & Balance today.