Hearing aids and other hearing solutions in combination with professional hearing care are efficient in making people who are hard of hearing hear better. But improved hearing is only one of the many benefits of using hearing aids and hearing implants.
The report, “Hearing Loss – Numbers and Costs”, which was conducted for hear-it AISBL, has found that the use of hearing aids has many benefits for the individual who is hard of hearing.
The report documents that people who treat their hearing loss by using hearing aids or hearing implants experience better social life and better health compared to those who do not treat their hearing loss. In general, the use of hearing aids improves quality of life.
In relation to social life, hearing aid users experience better ability to communicate and to participate in social activities. They also experience better and improved family relations, personal relationships and improved sense of confidence, independence and increased safety. On the other hand, people who do not treat their hearing loss experience loneliness and social isolation to a larger extent.
Physical and mental health
Hearing aid users also report better physical and mental health compared to those who do not use hearing aids. Today, it is well documented that the use of hearing aids reduces or mitigates cognitive decline and reduces the risk of depression. But people who use hearing aids also report less mental and physical exhaustion. They also sleep better and are less forgetful than those who are hard of hearing and who do not use hearing aids.
Employment and earnings
The use of hearing aids also has a positive impact on employment and earnings. People who use hearing aids are less unemployed and earn more than hard of hearing people who do not use hearing aids.
Should have got my hearing aids sooner
In the EuroTrak Survey that has been compiled in several European countries, two out of three of those who use hearing aids also state that they should have got their hearing aids sooner. The main reasons for this are better social life, better mental health, less fatigue and better job performance.
Treat your hearing loss
“If you have a hearing loss, my best advice to you is to treat your hearing loss by using hearing aids or other hearing solutions as they have so many benefits besides improving your hearing”, says Kim Ruberg, secretary general, hear-it AISBL.
“If you think you might have a hearing loss, you should have your hearing checked. You can start by checking your hearing using the WHO “Check your hearing” app or test your hearing online at www.hear-it.org. But if you suspect that you have hearing problems, my best advice is that you get a real hearing test conducted by a hearing professional,” says Kim Ruberg, secretary general, hear-it AISBL.