Treating hearing loss Linked to improved health

You might experience difficulty communicating, socializing, working and overall, enjoying life.

In addition, studies have shown a link between untreated hearing loss and cognitive decline, depression and greater number of falls in older people. Read how people’s lives have been enriched and their health improved by wearing hearing aids.

1. Help people socialize

Communication impairments can lead to social isolation, loneliness and withdrawal. This can contribute to depression and even cognitive decline.

When auditory perception is difficult, such as with hearing loss, greater cognitive resources have to be dedicated to auditory processing, which is suspected to cause other processes, like working memory, to suffer. Those with hearing loss have demonstrated a 30 to 40 percent accelerated rate of cognitive decline.1

Using hearing aids help people with hearing loss stay part of the conversation. They are able to spend time with friends and family as well as participate in group activities.

2. Help people stay sturdy

People with at least 25dB hearing loss are three times more likely to report a fall. And for every 10dB increase in hearing loss, there was a 1.4 times increase in chance of falling.2

Possible explanations for the link is that people who cannot hear well might not have good awareness of their overall environment, making tripping and falling more likely.

3. Help people stay connected

Did you know that watching TV is the top activity identified as being restricted because of hearing difficulty?3 With the help of hearing aids, people with hearing loss are able to stay connected to the world around them through television programs.

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Footnotes

1. Hearing Loss and Cognitive Decline in Older Adults. Lin, Frank M.D. Ph.D. et al. JAMA Internal Medicine 2013. JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(4):293-299.Published online January 21, 2013. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.1868
2. “Hearing Loss and Falls Among Older Adults in the United States” Frank Lin, M.D. Ph.D., Luigi Ferrucci, M.D., Ph.D. Archive of Internal Medicine 2012
3. Source : no. 669 Sonova B2C Segmentation 2017 Sonova B2C Segmentation study N=2506