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June 20, 2012

Study: Hearing aid users satisfied with changes

TERRE HAUTE — Professional Hearing & Audiology Clinics is helping Terre Haute residents with hearing loss regain their quality of life by raising awareness of a new comprehensive research study.

The study, conducted by the Better Hearing Institute, shows how today’s advanced hearing aids benefit people’s lives.

According to the findings of the study, eight out of 10 hearing aid users say they are satisfied with the changes that have occurred in their lives specifically due to their hearing aids, and 82 percent of hearing aid users say they’d recommend hearing aids to their friends.

“These findings are both timely and encouraging,” said Donald Kleindl II, president of Professional Hearing & Audiology Clinics. “More and more people are suffering from noise-induced hearing loss at younger and younger ages.”

According to the study of more than 2,000 hearing aid users:

• nearly 70 percent of respondents said their ability to communicate effectively in most situations improved because of their hearing aids.

• a little more than half said hearing aids improved their relationships at home, social life, and ability to join in groups.

• roughly 40 percent noted improvements in their sense of safety, self-confidence, sense of independence and work relationships.

• between 25 and 33 percent of hearing aid users said they even saw improvements in their romance, sense of humor, cognitive skills, and mental, emotional and physical health.

“Today’s hearing aids are about staying young, not growing old,” said Sergei Kochkin, BHI’s executive director, who authored the study. “People want to hold onto their vitality as they enter and move through middle-age.

“But when someone ignores a hearing loss … that individual unwittingly begins losing the very vitality they treasure. What this research shows, however, is that those who do face their hearing loss and use hearing aids are experiencing significant and satisfying improvements in their quality of life.”

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