12 Dec 2011
Hearing aids 'improve quality of life' and 'empower
people', says study
Today's state-of-the-art hearing aids have
been found to enhance the lives of people with hearing loss as well
as improving their level of hearing, according to new research.
Indeed, technologically-advanced and sleekly-designed hearing aid
options have been found to improve users' quality of life, giving
them a new-found sense of empowerment.
In a comprehensive study of more than 2,000
hearing aid users by the Better Hearing Institute (BHI), published
September 4th, 14 specific 'quality-of-life issues' were examined.
The data showed that eight out of ten users were satisfied with the
developments in their daily lives that were brought about by
Around 70 per cent of all respondents said
they experienced an improvement in the ability to communicate as a
result of their hearing aid, and more than half said they found
improvements in their 'relationships at home, their social life,
and their ability to join in groups. Meanwhile, around 40 per cent
felt a better 'sense of safety, self-confidence, feelings about
self, sense of independence, and work relationships'.
It is hoped that these findings will
encourage individuals who think they may be suffering from hearing
loss, but have been put off from seeking help as a result of
misconceptions about hearing aids in the past, to come forward and
Dr Sergei Kochkin, BHI's executive
director, said: "This survey clearly reveals how dramatically
people's lives can improve with the use of hearing aids.
"[We] found that today's hearing aids are a
tremendous asset to people with even mild hearing loss who want to
remain active and socially engaged throughout their lives."
If you think you may have a hearing loss why not take our
online hearing check questionnaire or make an appointment to have a hearing
test at your
nearest Amplifon branch.
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