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The Impact of Treated Hearing Loss on Quality of Life

Adapted from Sergei Kochkin, Ph.D.- Better Hearing Institute, Alexandria, Virginia

Once diagnosed with hearing loss, people with hearing loss delay a decision to get help with their hearing because they are unaware of the fact that receiving early treatment for hearing loss has the potential to literally transform their lives. Specifically, hearing aid usage is positively related to the following quality of life issues. Hearing loss treatment has been shown to improve:

  • Earning Power
  • Intimacy and warmth in family relationships
  • Emotional stability
  • Perception of mental functioning
  • Group social participation
  • Communication in relationships
  • Ease in communication
  • Sense of control over life events
  • Physical health

And just as importantly, hearing loss treatment has been shown to reduce:

  • Discrimination toward the person with the hearing loss
  • Anger and frustration in relationships
  • Feelings of paranoia
  • Social phobias
  • Hearing loss compensation behaviors (i.e pretending you hear)
  • Depression and depressive symptoms
  • Anxiety
  • Self-criticism

If you have a mild, moderate, or severe hearing loss, and are ensure about getting help, consider all the benefits of hearing aid.

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ENT Carolina's patient education library is a valuable source of information. Choose a topic below to learn more about your hearing interest. The information provided here is a public service for general educational purposes and should not replace a full, professional medical evaluation for specific medical issues.  We do not address medical inquires via email.