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Social Interaction Important for Brain Health

In the study, published August 16 in “JAMA Network Open,” researchers observed that simply having someone available most or all of the time whom you can count on to listen to you when you need to talk is associated with greater cognitive resilience.

International Campaign for Better Hearing Announces Results of Hearing Loss Survey

The study results, which the The International Campaign for Better Hearing announced in a press release, conclude that 74% of respondents from around the world with hearing loss have at some point been embarrassed, while 69% have felt anxious, 64% have experienced feeling socially isolated, 59% felt tired/drained, 62% suffered from anger or frustration, and 49% have even felt unsafe as a result of their hearing loss.

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The Impact of Unilateral Hearing Loss on Adult Life

There is a need to improve awareness and to better understand the impact and struggles of people who have unilateral hearing loss (UHL), the professionals who treat them, and those who work, live, and socialize with them. With better awareness comes better understanding, so health professionals can refer them rather than dismiss them. Moreover, better understanding can fuel motivation and allow the person with UHL to be more proactive about managing the condition while reducing anxiety.

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Better Hearing is Better Living

This study supports the idea that modern hearing aid technology improves patients’ quality of life to a greater extent than shown in previous studies. While it is not possible to determine the degree of the direct relationship, it appears that own voice processing leads to talking more in important communication situations, and, in turn, helps lead to this improvement.

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Patients with Untreated Hearing Loss May Incur Higher Total Health Care Costs

Compared to the patients without hearing loss, patients with the condition generated nearly 26% more in total health care costs within two years, a gap that widened to 46% by 10 years, amounting to $22,434 per individual ($20,403 incurred by the health plan, $2,030 by the individual in out-of-pocket costs).

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Hearing Aids Improve Hearing–and A LOT More

The authors describe the methodology associated with the world’s largest consumer market surveys on hearing aids and hearing loss, and report their findings with a focus on the “non-auditory benefits” of hearing aids, including quality of life, relationships at home and work, independence, and mental health.

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