The Benefits of Healthy Hearing
Healthy hearing results in positive health outcomes, increases social engagement, improves communication, and lowers the risk of depression.
It is apparent that quality of life can decrease when the sense of hearing is impaired (see consequences of hearing loss). However, it is also important to understand how much can be gained when healthy hearing is present.
- It is said that communication is the foundation of relationships. Good hearing health eliminates the frustration of missing out on conversations and being isolated from social situations.
- Healthy hearing is also thought to have positive benefits on brain functioning1, such as memory and other physical health benefits.
- Good hearing creates independence and security. When you’re able to hear your phone ring, a fire alarm, a doorbell ring, or an emergency vehicle on the road behind you, you are able to be aware of your surroundings and stay safer when alone.
- Hearing well can save you thousands of dollars annually2 and can increase job security3.
2Kochkin S. MarkeTrak VII: Hearing Loss Population Tops 31 Million People. The Hearing Review. 2005; 12(7): 16-29. Available at: www.betterhearing.org/pdfs/MarkeTrak7_Kochkin_July05.pdf.
3 Shield B. Evaluation of the Social and Economic Costs of Hearing Impairment. London: London South Bank University. Researched and written for www.hear-it.org; January 2005.