Benefits of Better Hearing

Treat Hearing Loss for Clearer Communication, Better Health

Research has shown that 78% of people who have admitted to having hearing loss wait to seek better hearing. People say things like “my hearing loss is not bad enough; I can get by without them; I only have mild hearing loss.” Studies have shown that a large number of people wait 15 years or more from the point when they first recognize they have hearing loss to when they purchase their first hearing aids. In our experience, dealing with hearing loss is often a family affair. When the family of the person with a hearing loss gets involved, the issue is resolved sooner.

Research by the National Council on the Aging on more than 2,000 people with hearing loss as well as their significant others, showed that hearing aids and better hearing clearly are associated with measurable improvements in their quality of life. These include social, emotional, psychological, and physical well-being of people with mild to severe hearing loss. Specifically, hearing aid usage is positively related to a number of quality-of-life issues. Hearing loss treatment was shown to improve:

  • Earning power
  • Communication in relationships
  • Intimacy and warmth in family relationships
  • Ease in communication
  • Emotional stability
  • Sense of control over life events
  • Perception of mental functioning
  • Physical health
  • Group social participation

And just as importantly, hearing loss treatment was shown to reduce:

  • Discrimination toward the person with the hearing loss
  • Hearing loss compensation behaviors (i.e. pretending you hear)
  • Anger and frustration in relationships
  • Depression and depressive symptoms
  • Feelings of paranoia
  • Anxiety
  • Social phobias
  • Self-criticism