Most people with a hearing loss can benefit from hearing aids. Hearing aids can significantly improve the user's communication and can return the hearing impaired to a full and active lifestyle. With hearing aids most people can hear their family and friends more easily and enjoy being in group conversations without asking people to repeat themselves all the time. They can watch TV at a normal volume, hear the warning signals and hear more easily in phone conversations.
Hearing aids improves the quality of life in most cases and reduces the negative impact of hearing loss. On the other hand, the quality of life suffers when hearing impairment is left untreated.
An American study found that people with hearing problems who did not wear hearing aids were more likely to report sadness and depression, anxiety, paranoia, emotional problems, insecurity and reduced social activities.
This study also found that people who started wearing hearing aids reported significant improvements in their quality of life. Those whose hearing loss was treated by hearing aids reported the following benefits:
- General improvement in their quality of life
- Improved relationships with their families
- Greater independence and security
- Better self-esteem / self-confidence
- Improved mental health
- Reducing the risk of auditory deprivation
Another benefit of wearing hearing aids is preserving the quality of your hearing and reducing the risk of auditory deprivation. As a result of a continued lack of sound stimulation, auditory deprivation, the brain gradually loses some of its ability to process information including speech.Auditory deprivation most often occurs when the ear goes unaided over a long period of time - so the earlier you consider wearing hearing aids, the better your chances are of minimizing this risk. So, the idea of “use it or lose it” truly does apply to hearing.