Hearing aids improve social relations, including the users' love life, and make intimate conversations easier, according to Australian study.
An opinion poll among 300 elderly hearing impaired Australians found that hearing aids had wide-ranging positive effects on personal and social relationships.
More than half of the respondents stated that their hearing aids improved their social lives. Two in every three said that their hearing aids helped them overcome difficulties in connecting with family and friends.
A little more than 70 percent of the respondents in the study live with their partners, and one in 10 said their hearing aids had improved their love life, whereas nobody stated that their love life had been harmed. Many pointed out, that hearing aids made it easier to engage in intimate conversations.
Hearing aid users also strongly reported that it was easier for other people to talk to them (84 percent), and that these people no longer had to talk loudly (75 percent).
The study was carried out by The Galaxy Research for Deafness Forum, Australia.
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