The study indicated that 93 percent of all hearing aid users experience improvements in their quality of life because of their hearing aids. Specific areas of improvement include:
- Effective communications
- Social life
- Ability to join in groups
- Relationships at home
The study also showed that the hearing aid users' feelings and confidence in self and relationships at work have improved due to their hearing instruments.
The respondents were particularly happy about the fit and comfort of their hearing aids, clarity of sound and ability to hear in small groups. The results might have been even better if all respondents had been fitted with two hearing aids. One in seven was fitted with one single hearing aid even though they suffered from hearing loss in both ears.
31.5 million Americans suffer from hearing loss. Just one in four of them, or 7.3 million, use hearing aids. In Europe, on average one in four or one in five who could benefit from hearing aids use them. But even the most advanced modern hearing aids work as intended only when fitted and adapted by hearing health care professionals, such as an audiologist or other hearing aid specialists.
92 percent of the respondents reported that they were satisfied with the fitting of their hearing aids by their hearing health care professionals.
The study was carried out by Sergei Kochkin of the Better Hearing Institute in the United States.
Sources: Kochkin, S: MarkeTrak VII: Costumer satisfaction with hearing instruments in the digital age, The Hearing Journal, Sept. 2005, Vol. 58, Nr. 9: 30-43; Kochkin, S: MarkeTrak VII: Hearing loss population tops 31 million, The Hearing Review, July 2005, 12: 16-29 and Fördergemeinschaft Gutes Hören