Better Hearing Institute

 


Hearing Loss Treatment Facts

  • The vast majority of Americans (95%) with hearing loss have their hearing loss treated with hearing aids. Only 5% of hearing loss in adults can be improved through medical or surgical treatment.
  • Modern directional hearing aids can now help the hard-of-hearing to hear in noisy situations.
  • Amplified telephones are now available to help people with hearing loss. Auditory assistive listening devices when combined with hearing aids are much like binoculars for the ear.
  • Most public places (i.e. movie, place of worship, government building, schools) are required under the American with Disabilities Act to provide assistive listening devices for the hard-of-hearing.
  • Nearly 90% of hearing aids are digital.
  • Telecoils in hearing aids improve the ability to hear in public places and on the telephone.
  • 75% of people with hearing loss in both ears use two (binaural) hearing aids.
  • One of the key determinants of success with hearing aids are realistic expectations.
  • Successful treatment of hearing loss with hearing aids is associated with greater earning power.
  • Treatment of hearing loss will improve interpersonal relationships.
  • Hard-of-hearing people are less likely to be discriminated against if they use hearing aids.
  • The use of hearing aids is associated with reductions in anger, frustration, paranoia, anxiety and overall improvements in emotional stability.
  • Most people who use hearing aids have improved social lives.
  • The use of hearing aids is associated with improved perceptions of the hard-of-hearing’s mental ability.
  • People who use hearing aids report better health than hard-of-hearing people who do not use hearing aids.
  • 9 out of 10 hearing aid users report improvements in their quality of life.
  • Customer satisfaction with directional hearing aids is 81%.
  • A wax protection system on hearing aids reduces hearing aid repairs by 50%.
  • Consumers report a 92% satisfaction with hearing healthcare professionals.
  • One of the best ways to get a loved one to seek help for their hearing loss is to stop being their hearing helper!
  • Only 13% of physicians screen for hearing loss. Ask your doctor for a hearing screening since it is not a routine part of physical exams.
  • The majority of people with nerve deafness are helped with hearing aids.
  • A large number of people with Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) can be helped with masking devices worn like hearing aids.
  • Even people born deaf can learn to hear with cochlear implants.