The use of hearing aids has many benefits. An extensive study has found that the use of hearing aids reduces cognitive decline. The users of hearing aids however also experience increased quality of life and find their hearing aids useful in the workplace. Luckily, more and more hearing impaired people are using hearing aids. When it comes to cochlear implants, a study has found that two cochlear implants facilitate a child’s language development better than one cochlear implant.
More people are using hearing aids
The proportion of hearing-impaired Europeans who use hearing aids is rising.
In Germany, the proportion of people who say that they have a hearing loss and who use hearing aids has risen from 31.8% in 2009 to 34.9% in 2015. In 2012, the figure was 34%. In the UK, the figure has risen from 38.6% in 2009 to 42.2% in 2015. In 2012, the figure was 41.1%. In Switzerland, the proportion has risen from 38.8% in 2012 to 41.4% in 2015. In France, 34.1% of those who say that they have a hearing loss use hearing aids. This is a rise from 29.8% in 2009. In 2012, the figure was 30.4%.
These are the findings of a EuroTrak study in Germany, the United Kingdom, France and Switzerland.
Hearing aids counteracts cognitive decline
Self-reported hearing loss is associated with accelerated cognitive decline in elderly adults, according to an extensive 25 year long scientific French study. The study also documents that the use of hearing aids almost eliminates this cognitive decline.
The study concludes that “hearing loss is associated with accelerated cognitive decline in older adults. It was also found that hearing aid use attenuates such cognitive decline”.
Better quality of life when using hearing aids
Surveys from Europe show that most hearing aid users experience increased quality of life.
80-93% of those who use hearing aids say that hearing aids improve their quality of life either regularly or occasionally. This is shown by studies from Germany, the United Kingdom, France and Switzerland.
When asked about the positive impacts using hearing aids can have, the hearing aid users pointed to improvements in communication effectiveness, participating in group activities, relationships at home and sense of safety.
Hearing aids are useful in the workplace
Surveys among hearing aid users say that 95% of those who use hearing aids in Germany and Switzerland state that their hearing aids are useful in the workplace. In France, 90% of hearing aid users say that their hearing aids are useful when they are at work. The figure in United Kingdom is 81%.
Of those who say that their hearing aids are useful in the workplace, around two-thirds think they are of significant use.
Two cochlear implants are best
Children with two cochlear implants display higher scores in language development than children with just one. An Australian study shows that children with two cochlear implants (inner ear implants) do better than children with only one implant. Two cochlear implants facilitate a child’s language development more than one cochlear implant.
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