Hearing Aids Help More than Just Your Ears

Date posted: December 3, 2016

Hearing loss affects every facet of life- emotional, mental, and physical.  It puts people at a severe disadvantage in social situations and at risk in emergencies.  Hearing loss can wreak havoc on the job and in one’s personal relationships. It can slow comprehension and diminish one’s quality of life. Hearing aids help more than just your ears, they help you get back your life.

Hearing and the Mind

Hearing –impaired adults age 50 and older were found to be more likely to report sadness and depression, worry, anxiety and paranoia than older people who wore hearing aids, according to a report from A National Council on the Aging. (NCOA).

Hearing Aid users reported significantly lower depressive symptoms. On average, hearing aid use was associated with a 36% reduction in depression.

Research has shown that those untreated hearing loss have to work harder at everything they do, even the simplest communication.  They also have trouble remembering.

In a study, participants with and without hearing loss were tested on their ability to use a computer mouse to track a moving target on a computer screen. They were also asked to recall aloud as many words as possible from a list of 15 words read at aloud. They key experiment involved a dual task: tacking a target on a screen while trying to recall the just-red list of words.

When the people suffering from hearing loss performed the dual task the task accuracy declined.  This is because with hear loss the focus is split.  Participants had to focus on hearing so the task suffers.

Relationships

Tasks are not the only things that suffer when hearing aids aren’t used to help hearing loss.  Relationships suffer a great deal.  The person that is hearing-impaired gets depressed, anxious and withdrawn.  In response the spouse often becomes angry, frustrated, and depressed.

Better Hearing Institute found that work relationships are strained by hearing loss. Workers suffering from hearing loss feel stressed and incompetent.  They tended to act more slowly than their co-workers. Therefore, they were perceived as not very bright, not fast, and not on the edge. This caused those with profound hearing loss to earn $1200 less per year than those with milder hearing loss. However, wearing hearing aids cuts the income loss the survey shows.

Hearing Aids Help More than Just Your Ears

Since hearing loss happens gradually, its common for people to ignore the consequences of hearing loss and the benefits that modern hearing aids offer.   Fewer than 1 in 5 U.S. adults who could benefit from wearing hearing aids actually wear them, says the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.

However, research has proven that those who wear hearing aids have found them to have a significant impact on their overall quality of life as well as interpersonal relationships.

National Council on Ageing found that by using hearing aids, relationships at home and with family improve.   The use of hearing aids also improves social lives.  9 out of 10 people who wear a hearing aid found they have an improved quality of life.

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