There are three great reasons to get a hearing aid:
It’s good for your health
A study on untreated hearing loss by the National Council on Aging (NCOA), showed that people who got a hearing aid:
- They are more likely to participate in social activities
- They report lower levels of depression
- They report better relationships with significant others
- They report better social interaction
- They report more emotional stability
- They report lower levels of anger and frustration
So get a better life by getting a better hearing aid!
It’s good for your job
A ”Hearing Loss on Household Income” study released May 16, 2007 by the Better Hearing Institute (BHI) stated that “Although people with hearing loss make less money, the use of hearing aids restores lost income by 50 percent. While people with treated and untreated hearing loss both earn less than people with normal hearing, for people with more severe hearing loss, the income decline is cut in half for hearing aid owners. For example, the difference in income between people with mild versus profound hearing loss is $20,300 per year for those with untreated hearing loss and $10,200 for those with hearing aids”.
“Aging Boomers are vital to the work force” said Suzanne Wyatt executive director of The EAR Foundation, a national non-profit organization devoted to hearing loss education and prevention. “Employers must realize the seriousness of hearing loss in our society and take positive steps in finding solutions to help retain this talent.”
That’s right; your wages and worth increase if you wear hearing aids!
It’s good for the country
Many of us are aware of relatives or friends with hearing loss, and the significant impact that this has on their ability to communicate and to participate in society, but few of us would be aware that hearing loss represents a real financial cost to Australia of $11.75 billion per annum or 1.4% of GDP according to a new research study by Access Economics.
The report, officially delivered to Senator the Hon Santo Santoro, Minister for Ageing, at the opening of the Audiology Australia National Conference in Perth, identifies that 1 in 6 Australians is affected by hearing loss, and this number is projected to increase to 1 in every 4 Australians by 2050. Hearing loss is age-related, affecting 3 in every 4 people aged over 70 years.
The Listen Hear! Report, commissioned by the Cooperative Research Centre for Cochlear Implant and Hearing Aid Innovation in partnership with VicDeaf, identifies that productivity loss related directly to hearing impairment accounts for well over half (57%) of the total financial costs – or some $6.7 billion a year.
So, you still want to make a contribution to your community? Don’t let your hearing problems stop you, get a hearing aid! When you consider all those reasons for getting a hearing aid, you can see why we say “It’s all about better living through better hearing”