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Hearing aids improve quality of life

Posted on Monday, January 29, 2018 at 10:48 am

Although it’s one of the most common problems in the over-50 age group, hearing loss often goes undetected and untreated.  In fact, hearing loss is often present for several years before the person realizes it.

One couple recently had their hearing tested because each felt the other was having problems hearing.  It turned out that both had mild to moderate hearing loss. But the husband was more aware of his wife’s hearing problems than his own – and the wife was more aware of her husband’s problem than hers!

Research over the past 15 years has demonstrated:

• Even mild hearing loss has significant effects.

• The person with the loss is not the only one affected.

• Hearing aids work

Untreated hearing loss

Several studies have focused on the over-50 age group and concluded:

“Hearing loss is one of the most common chronic conditions and has important implications for quality of life.  However, hearing loss is substantially underdetected and undertreated.”

In addition, adults with untreated hearing loss are:

• Less likely to participate in social activity

• More likely to report sadness and depression

• Are at an increased risk for developing dementia

Benefits of treatment

Results of several studies indicate that hearing aid users feel greater satisfaction with life.  Research demonstrates that:

• Hearing aid fittings result in “large quality of life improvements in communication and social functions.”

• Hearing aids are “very successful treatments for hearing impairment”

• Persons who use hearing aids feel better about their overall health.

A review of more than 1,500 studies found:

“There is strong evidence that the treatment of hearing loss improves quality of life.”

There is now a substantial body of research that demonstrates the negative effects of untreated hearing loss and the benefits of seeking help.

If you suspect someone you love has untreated hearing loss, please reach out to us for a no charge hearing evaluation. 785-4676