We love hearing aids – and you should too – because of the way hearing aids improve the quality of life for those with minor to severe hearing loss.
Eight out of ten hearing aid users said they were satisfied with the changes in their lives brought about by hearing aid use in a survey conducted by the Better Hearing Institute (BHI). Researchers in that study polled more than 2,000 hearing aid users and asked about 14 specific quality of life issues. The scientists found that today’s technically advanced hearing aids are a tremendous asset to those with even mild hearing loss, especially in people who want to remain socially engaged and active.
Between 25 and 33 percent of the BHI respondents said that wearing a hearing aid improved their romance, sense of humor, cognitive skills, as well as their physical, mental, and emotional health. Hearing aids help you lead a more active, youthful lifestyle, too.
They help you stay safe. About forty percent of the BHI survey participants said wearing a hearing aid improved their sense of safety. Hearing well helps you become aware of potential hazards earlier, when you still have a chance to avoid harm. A hearing aid can help you more reliably determine where the danger is coming from.
Nearly 70 percent of the BHI survey participants said they could communicate effectively in most situations because of their hearing aid. Your hearing aid will help you avoid misunderstandings, too. You will hear words more clearly and pick up on inflections and volume changes that emphasize the meaning of words. Your hearing aid will help you catch the subtleties and nuances that add deeper meaning to conversations. In the survey, 91 percent were happy with the way their hearing aids improved one-on-one communication. Their conversation partners probably appreciated the difference the hearing aid made too.
You will love how your hearing aid improves your hearing in noisy settings, such as a busy restaurant or city street. Hearing aids help you catch auditory cues and information, such as doorbells, telephones and loudspeaker announcements, which you might otherwise miss. The people around you will love your hearing aid too, as it will save them from repeating announcements or having to speak more loudly.
Poor hearing can ruin some of your favorite hobbies, like listening to music or watching a movie in a theater. Even watching television can be a hassle when you cannot hear well; 80 percent of those in the BHI survey were satisfied with wearing a hearing aid while watching TV. A hearing aid can restore your hearing so you can get back to doing the things you love. You will be less conspicuous too – no more blaring TVs or radios to draw unwanted attention.
Eighty-six percent of people in the BHI survey were satisfied with the benefits of using a hearing aid and the number of happy hearing aid users rises as hearing aid technologies advance. Consumers, for example, are more satisfied with miniature behind-the-ear models (mini-BTEs) than ever before. Mini-BTEs provide superior sound quality, improved cosmetic appeal, and better functionality in more listening situations.
We love all the benefits of hearing aids and we think you will too. If you would like to find out if a hearing aid can improve the quality of your life, speak with a hearing aid specialist.