Hearing aid users say that their hearing aids have a significant, positive impact on their lives. This is shown by a study carried out in France, Germany and the UK.
The users especially state that their hearing aids improve their lives in terms of relationships at home, social life and group activities. The hearing aids also help them to communicate more effectively in most situations.
Benefits for all
Hearing aids are especially beneficial when it comes to conversations with individuals, in smaller groups or when watching TV.
Their significant others also experience improvements socially if the hearing impaired person is wearing hearing aids. This includes communication, social activities and personal relations.
The most challenging situations for hearing aid users are still noisy situations, conversations in large groups and conversations on the phone.
“The study shows that hearing aids improve the social life and the quality of life of the hearing impaired. So even though it can be difficult to admit that one needs a hearing aid, all experience shows that the use of hearing aids can improve one's life significantly,” says Secretary General Søren Hougaard, EHIMA, The European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association.
About the survey
The study, which was published in 2010, was carried out by the Swiss analysts Anovum on behalf of EHIMA, The European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association. Around 15,000 people were involved in the study in Germany, France and England respectively and were asked about their hearing and use of hearing aids.
Source: Euro Track, Anovum/EHIMA und MarkeTrak Surveys, USA