Hearing = Happiness

Research shows that those who treat their hearing loss have a significantly improved quality of life than those who don’t seek treatment.


Untreated hearing loss is linked to a number of debilitating conditions including balance disorders, depression and even cognitive decline. Those who treat their hearing loss with hearing devices, however, report improvements in their overall health and mood.


Benefits of Treating Your Hearing Loss:

Improved outlook on life. Those who use hearing devices are less likely to feel isolated or socially withdrawn, decreasing the risk of depression.


Improved relationships. Both those who begin to wear hearing devices and their loved ones regularly report feeling that they have improved communication, which leads to strengthened relationships.


Feeling optimistic & engaged. People with hearing loss who use hearing devices are more likely to be optimistic about the world and feel engaged in life’s pleasures than those who don’t seek treatment.


More active. Those who use hearing aids are more willing to actively face and tackle problems that arise.


Lightened cognitive load. Experts say that unaddressed hearing loss increases stress on the brain as it struggles to process sounds. This leads to poor memory and performance in everyday activities. Treating hearing loss allows your brain to focus the way it is meant to, without getting distracted by ambient noise.

Treating Hearing loss with Hearing Aids

hearing loss research and the importance of hearing aids

One of the most informative studies about the benefits of treating hearing loss with the use of a hearing aid was conducted by the Better Hearing Institute (BHI). Of 2,000 hearing loss patients surveyed, 82 percent indicated they would recommend hearing aids to their friends, and 70 percent reported improved communication abilities. In addition, more than four out of five people who use a device are satisfied with their solution.


The study also concluded up to a third of patients saw improvements in their romance, sense of humor, mental, emotional and physical health. Roughly 40 percent noted improvements in their sense of safety, self-confidence, feelings about self, sense of independence and work relationships.


Additional studies have yielded similar results. Overall, two-thirds of hearing aid users report their quality of life is either “better” or “a lot better.” While effectiveness of communication ranks as the biggest benefit to wearing hearing devices, a significant portion of respondents cite improvements unrelated to hearing, such as enhanced mental/cognitive skills and the ability to join groups.


These results demonstrate a clear potential solution to many of the draining feelings patients with hearing loss suffer from. Many of the positive responses are attributed to changing technology that has led to smaller and less visible hearing aids, resulting in a decrease in the societal stigma associated with wearing devices in day-to-day life.


Call to schedule a hearing evaluation with Decibel Hearing Services today. Our expert audiologists will fit you with the correct hearing devices so that you can enjoy all life’s sounds!


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2017 and has been completely updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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