Hearing Loss and Quality of Life

    date style, 2016

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    http://www.betterhearing.org/hearingpedia/counseling-articles-tips/impact-treated-hearing-loss-quality-life

    The Impact of Treated Hearing Loss on Quality of Life

    Sergei Kochkin, Ph.D. – Better Hearing Institute, Washington, DC

    It would seem that hearing is a second-rate sense when compared to vision in our visually oriented modern society. People with hearing loss delay a decision to get hearing help because they are unaware of the fact that receiving early treatment for hearing loss has the potential to literally transform their lives. Research by the National Council on the aging of more than 2,000 people with hearing loss as well as their significant others demonstrated that hearing aids clearly are associated with impressive improvements in the social, emotional, psychological, and physical well-being of people with hearing loss in all hearing loss categories from mild to severe. Specifically, hearing aid usage is positively related to the following quality of life issues. Hearing loss treatment was shown to improve:

    Earning power
    Communication in relationships
    Intimacy and warmth in family relationships
    Ease in communication
    Emotional stability
    Sense of control over life events
    Perception of mental functioning
    Physical health
    Group social participation

    And just as importantly hearing loss treatment was shown to reduce:

    Discrimination toward the person with the hearing loss
    Hearing loss compensation behaviors (pretending to hear, reading lips, etc.)
    Anger and frustration in relationships
    Depression and depressive symptoms
    Feelings of paranoia
    Anxiety
    Social phobias
    Self-criticism

    If you are one of those people with a mild, moderate or severe hearing loss, who is sitting on the fence, consider all the benefits of hearing aids described above. Hearing aids hold such great potential to positively change so many lives.

    You Should Hear What You Are Missing!