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Your Guide to Better Hearing



Here is a small excerpt from this wonderful e-book, Your guide to Better Hearing. 

It would seem that hearing is a second-rate sense when compared to vision in our visually oriented modern society. People with hearing loss delay a decision to get hearing help because they are unaware of the fact that receiving early treatment for hearing loss has the potential to literally transform their lives. Research by the National Council on the Aging on more than 2,000 people with hearing loss, as well as their significant others, demonstrated that hearing aids clearly are associated with impressive improvements in the social, emotional, psychological, and physical well-being of people with hearing loss in all hearing loss categories from mild to severe. Specifically, hearing aid usage is positively related to the following quality of life issues.

  • Hearing loss treatment was shown to improve:
  • Earning power
  • Communication in relationships
  • Intimacy and warmth in family relationships
  • Ease in communication
  • Emotional stability
  • Sense of control over life events
  • Perception of mental functioning
  • Physical health
  • Group social participation
    And, just as importantly, hearing loss treatment was shown to reduce:
  • Discrimination toward the person with the hearing loss
  • Hearing loss compensation behaviors (i.e. pretending you hear)
  • Anger and frustration in relationships
  • Depression and depressive symptoms
  • Feelings of paranoia
  • Anxiety
  • Social phobias
  • Self-criticism

If you are one of those people with a mild, moderate or severe hearing loss, who is sitting on the fence, consider all the benefits of hearing aids described above. Hearing

Table of Contents

  • Celebrities Who Overcame Hearing Loss
  • Consequence of Untreated Hearing Loss
  • Prevalence of Hearing Loss
  • Hearing Loss
    • How We Hear
    • Signs of Hearing Loss
    • Types of Hearing Loss
    • Causes of Hearing Loss
  • Tinnitus
  • BHI Quick Hearing Check
  • Impact of Treated Hearing Loss on Quality of Life
  • Advances in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Hearing Loss
  • When a Loved One Resists Help
  • Hearing Aids
    • How Hearing Aids Work
    • Styles of Hearing Aids
    • Brief Guide to Modern Hearing Aid Technology
    • The Binaural Advantage (Two are better than one)
  • Medical Advances
  • Assistive Technology
  • Childhood Hearing Loss
    • Hearing in Children
    • Signs of Hearing Problems
    • Newborn Hearing Screening
    • Early Intervention for Children with Hearing Loss
    • Noise Exposure and Children
  • Hearing Loss Prevention
  • Financial Resources
  • Acknowledgements