In a recent study released by The Hearing Journal it was found that quality of life improved in individuals who utilized hearing instruments to compensate for a hearing loss.
The study looked at a users ”hearing handicap” and saw that a decrease in score was directly related to hearing aid usage as well as the impact instrumentation played on 14 quality of life factors.
Key findings from the study include:
- There is a strong relationship between quality hearing healthcare, benefit, and quality of life improvements.
- Patients fit by hearing healthcare professionals (HHP) utilizing comprehensive best practices are six times more likely to have a positive impact on their patient’s lives than HHPs using minimalist best practices.
- The average benefit (hearing handicap improvement) achieved by patients with recent hearing aid technology is 55%.
- 75% of patients report at least one of 14 areas of their life was improved by wearing hearing aids.
- Eight out of ten hearing aid users are satisfied with the changes that have occurred in their lives specifically due to hearing aids.
- Nine out of ten patients are projected to experience significant improvements in their quality of life once they experience a 70% reduction in their hearing handicap.