Hearing aids are devices designed to help improve hearing and communication, as we all know. However, did you know that these aids can help enhance safety? According to various studies, the use of these hearing aids improves the quality of life or its users, providing the wearer with a heightened sense of security and independence. Below are some of the reasons that support these findings.
1. Improved Balance
The Washington University School of Medicine did some studies that found an increased level of performance in the balance tests among the respondents. The findings of the research support the notion that treating hearing loss can aid in lowering the cases of falling.
2. Increased awareness
Proper hearing plays a significant role in increased awareness of the surroundings, thus lowering the occurrence of accidents. The use of hearing aids can help the user detect potential threats around them. They can hear alarms and sirens, vehicles as well as various machine and stay out of harm's way. Therefore, the aids help them overcome their hearing challenges, thereby helping them to be alert and safe during their daily activities.
3. Enhanced safety
Different studies have found a link between untreated hearing loss an increased risk of safety issues that include injuries at work, accidental injuries when out in public, and the increasing frequency of lengthy hospitalizations. The use of the hearing aids will give the user some peace of mind since safety risks are lowered, and the aids enhance their sense of security.
Hearing aids are small devices that can have a significant impact. They are gadgets that can dramatically improve the life of the user. The wearer will be able to hear better thus able to engage in social conversation, thus building strong bonds with people around them. But the hearing aids also help the wear go beyond hearing and reacting to such basic sounds thus they can stay safe.
4. Improved Independence
EuroTrak did a study in 2010 that involved the use of hearing aids. The research showed that 88% of the surveyed people in America, relying on hearing aids found these devices aided in improving the quality of their lives. In France, that figure stood at 86% and 93% in Switzerland. All the respondents stated that these hearing assistances devices seem to aid in bolstering their safety and being able to engage in various things independently. Nearly all the respondents also reported that they felt more safe and secure when wearing hearing aids.
Improve Safety When Out
When out there in the great outdoors, our hearing sense plays a vital role in our safety. We depend on our hearing to take note of any warning sounds when walking or even when driving so that we can react in good time. If we can hear an oncoming car when walking, running, or biking, we shall anticipate it and respond accordingly so that we stay out of harm's way. Other senses will also be active in keeping us safe, but our hearing is incredibly vital for such a role.
Take another example of the following scenario. Christine has severe hearing impairment but is famous because of saving two capsized sailors after she heard their cries. The sailors were lucky because Christine heard them, and this is fortunate because she had only used the hearing aids within the last 24 hours. Christine managed to hear cries in the open water of stranded people that were about half a mile from the shore though Christine could not see anyone. She called the local emergency number for the relevant rescue times to step in and save the two vacationers. When asked, Christine stated that the sailors were fortunate because she just got the hearing aids the morning before. She implied that she was virtually deaf less than 24 hours before the incident.
If you've been thinking about getting hearing aids for yourself or a loved one, we here at the Tinnitus & Hearing Center provide the types of hearing aids Tempe and Phoenix metro residents can count on for top performing and realistic sounding hearing aid brands, proper and thorough hearing testing, and genuine approach to consultation to ensure that you get the right hearing aid to fit your budget and individual lifestyle. Contact us today at (480) 831-6159 or use our online scheduler on our website.
Dr. Rohe is a nationally-recognized audiologist specializing in Tinnitus Therapy and other hearing conditions.