Hearing Aids and Hearing Health
Hearing Aids Can Improve Health and Quality of Life for Patients
Based on a patient’s evaluation results, the audiologist may recommend hearing aids or make a referral to investigate medical or surgical options for managing his or her hearing loss. About 800 million people around the world are affected by hearing loss. The breakdown of severity is as follows:
- 65 percent = mild loss
- 30 percent = moderate loss
- 5 percent = severe to profound loss
Hearing aids are an effective and appropriate management for mild to moderate-severe hearing loss. Studies show that only one in five people who would benefit from hearing aids actually use amplification. It is also been documented that patients wait an average of seven years before they pursue medical help for their hearing loss. Research has shown that people with untreated hearing loss are three times more likely to fall than those without hearing loss. Other research demonstrates the link between untreated hearing loss and dementia, depression and Alzheimer’s disease. It has been reported that a patient’s psychosocial health as well as cognitive condition improved within three months of using a hearing aid.
The audiologists at University Hospitals Ear, Nose & Throat Institute’s Audiology & Cochlear Implant Center will work with patients to review their hearing aid options and select the most appropriate level of technology to meet their individual lifestyle and hearing needs.