June 18, 2012
Three out of four hearing aid users have an improved quality of hearing
A study reveals that hearing aids improve the quality of hearing of nearly three-quarters of participants with hearing aids. At the same time, only one in five of those having hearing difficulties currently uses a hearing aid.
A US study about the state of hearing health carried out by the American Association for Retired People (AARP) found that almost three-quarters of hearing aid wearers have an improved quality of hearing since they have been wearing hearing aids. 33% stated that the quality of their hearing has become much better and 40% said it was somewhat better.
In the study, as many as 67% of participants reported having hearing difficulties. However, around only one in five (18%) of the participants in the study actually wear hearing aids. This means that 47% of those who reported hearing difficulties have not been treated.
Among hearing aid wearers, roughly six in ten (61%) said that they wear them during all or most of the time they are awake. About three in ten (28%) wear them when they feel they need them.
The Study was carried out as a joint initiative between the American Association of Retired People (AARP) and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The survey was fielded among a sample of 2,232 AARP members ages 50 and older.
Source: The State of Hearing Health: A Study of AARP Members, AARP