You may ask yourself, how can I benefit from hearing aids? Well, if you’re on the fence about hearing aids, you’re not alone. Hearing loss is a common health condition that affects 1 in 6 people according to research supported by the World Health Organisation.
Hearing aids provide a number of clinically proven benefits for hearing aid wearers including improved communication and decreased listening effort. Best of all, hearing your best will help you stay connected to the important people in your life. So for those of you still on the fence, here are the top five benefits of correcting hearing loss with hearing aids.
How can I benefit from hearing aids?
1. Increased earning power
Did you know that wearing hearing aids can actually increase your earning power? Research by the Better Hearing Institute found that untreated hearing loss can reduce annual earnings by as much as £20,000. The study also found that correcting hearing loss with hearing aids was found to reduce the risk of decreased earnings by over 90 percent for people with mild hearing loss, and nearly 77 percent for those with moderate-to-severe hearing loss. Increased earning potential is certainly one way you can benefit from hearing aids.
2. Slow cognitive decline
Several studies have linked untreated hearing loss to an increased risk of developing dementia and reduced cognitive functioning. The decline appears greatest for those who do not wear hearing aids to correct hearing loss at an early stage. A study from the University of Pennsylvania found that reduced hearing loss can actually accelerate atrophy in the auditory areas of the brain making speech understanding more difficult.
The good news is that researchers have found that hearing aids help decrease atrophy while increasing hearing ability. The exciting new research further supports that treating hearing loss with hearing aids may slow the cognitive decline associated with hearing loss.
3. Reduce annoyance related to tinnitus
Many people with hearing loss also experience tinnitus, a high-pitched ringing or clicking noise in the ears. With rare exception, tinnitus is usually accompanied by hearing loss. Wearing professionally-fit hearing aids to correct hearing loss can reduce the annoyance of tinnitus for many with hearing loss.
All Starkey’s new hearing aids — including Halo iQ and Muse iQ — include technology specifically designed to alleviate tinnitus. Wearing hearing aids to correct hearing loss has also been shown to reduce the stress and annoyance associated with tinnitus - one great benefit of wearing hearing aids.
4. Hearing aid wearers are satisfied with hearing aid performance
According to a study by the non-profit Better Hearing Institute, more than 91 percent of those who purchased hearing aids in the last year were satisfied with their purchase. Nearly 90 percent of current hearing aid wearers would recommend hearing aids to a friend with hearing loss.
5. Better living
Finally, the Better Hearing Institute has found that people who benefit from hearing aids to correct their hearing loss enjoy a better quality of life than those who let hearing loss go untreated. They compiled a list to help show just how powerful better hearing can be — it’s a must read: “5 Inspiring Things Treating Hearing Loss Says about You.”