Quantifying the Obvious: The Impact of Hearing Instruments on Quality of Life

A survey of 2069 hearing-impaired individuals and 1710 of their family members reveals that hearing instrument users are likely to report improvements in their physical, emotional, mental and social well-being. Users of hearing instruments on average are more socially active and avoid extended periods of depression, worry, paranoia and insecurity compared to non-users with hearing loss. Additionally, family members and friends are more likely to notice these benefits than the actual users themselves.