The Impact of Treated Hearing Loss on Quality of Life

According to Sergei Kochkin, Ph.D. of the Better Hearing Institute 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 Familypotential to literally transform their lives. Research by the National Council on the Aging on 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 (i.e. pretending you hear)
  • 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.

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2 thoughts on “The Impact of Treated Hearing Loss on Quality of Life

  1. I don’t know where you live but here in Indiana, Vocational Rehabilitation Services can help individuals with hearing loss. Voc. Rehab. will help if hearing aids will help a person maintain employment or find employment. They do look the person’s income in making their decision as to whether a person is eligible for assistance. There are other organizations in Fort Wayne that can sometimes help. If you live nearby let me know by email and I will forward the information.

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