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July 18, 2012

Grandparents and grandkids help each other

Grandkids are often the reason why grandparents seek help if they have impaired hearing by getting hearing aids, and the children benefit from the hearing aids themselves.

Grandparents and grandkids help each other

A study from Oxford University in the UK shows that a strong relationship between grandparents and grandkids contributes significantly to better-adjusted children.

To experience the unique acceptance which comes from a grandparent has a great influence on a child's well-being, both mentally and emotionally. The study also finds that if communication is strong, most children do not identify distance between themselves and their grandparents as an important factor.

But this requires that the grandparents can hear what their grandkids say, e.g. when they talk to them on the telephone.

Hearing aids help to communicate

Age and hearing loss are strongly related and as many grandparents have a hearing loss they would benefit from using hearing aids. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) in the US, 30% of seniors from 65 to 74 years old suffer from a hearing disability. Furthermore, around 50% of the 75-year-olds have experienced hearing loss.

Earlier studies support this conclusion and show that the grandkids, in most cases, are one of the reasons why retirement-age adults seek help to improve their better hearing.

When taking care of their grandkids, it is important for them to be able to rely on their sense of hearing. Should the child fall down from climbing up a tree in the garden, or should a fellow driver be warning the grandfather as he drives his grandson home from school, it is crucial that you are able to hear the child's cry or the sound of car horns.

Hearing aids help grandparents establish closer relationships with their grandkids, and as the Oxford University study shows, this can be significantly helpful and valuable for both the seniors and their grandchildren.


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