Wearing hearing aids improves auditory performance for sure. But there are additional benefits to wearing hearing aids like some non-auditory improvements, according to two recent surveys. Mental health gets better, a feeling of independence and safety returns, relationships at work and home improve, and the quality of life increases.
According to surveys, 8 out of 10 hearing aid wearers report that wearing hearing aids improves the quality of their lives. Improved relationships at work and home occurred because of better communication. Independence and safety improved because forgetfulness was less likely to happen when wearing hearing aids as compared to people without hearing aids. Also, wearing hearing aids at work had positive results for 9 out 10 wearers.
The survey's science
Usually, researchers use a scientific measure of benefits to quantify results, utilizing the hearing booth before and after. But the surveys added another dimension to the science.
The number of survey participants
More than 120,000 people participated in the two surveys. People in Europe and and the United States were involved. It was the largest study worldwide that highlighted non-auditory benefits.
The value of the investment
Getting hearing aids has proved to be worth the investment. You get more than just hearing improvements. The non-auditory impact makes the investment even more worthwhile. Decreased cognitive decline, less social isolation, and less depression resulted, besides the outlined benefits above.
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