It’s Valentines day! I suspect many of us will be out with our loved ones this evening in crowded restaurants enjoying the romantic atmosphere.
In social situations and groups, when noise can make hearing increasingly difficult, it can be tempting to sit back and not be included, if you are struggling to ear what is going on. Hearing is key to communication and conversation depends not only on the words that are being used, but their intonation. Communication helps to build and underpin relationships. Hearing loss can leave some people feeling isolated and at times depressed which can have a knock on effect on their relationships with loved ones.
Hear the World recently conducted a study “Hearing is Living”, in an attempt to encourage people to value their hearing, by protecting the existing hearing and to address any hearing loss they may have.
The study included 4,300 people who were hearing aid users, people with a hearing loss who did not wear a hearing aid and also family members of people with a hearing loss.
Over 80% of people surveyed reported having a better quality of life since wearing a hearing aid.
Over 50% of the people wearing a hearing aid wished they had started wearing them earlier.
Over two thirds claimed that their relationships had improved since wearing hearing aids.
Have you been affected by your hearing loss? Do you wear a hearing aid and would like to share your story? We would love to hear your comments.