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Auditory Deprivation caused by not wearing hearing aids or by wearing one hearing aid instead of 2, or by wearing hearing aids infrequently / seldom (posted from our Pendle / Colne Practice)

By March 10, 2016November 9th, 2017No Comments

Some important points to consider

Untreated hearing loss has far-reaching consequences  in  psychosocial,  emotional, physical,  cognitive and behavioural domains of one’s life. 

The World Health Organization estimates indicate that hearing loss is the second leading cause of years lived with a disability at a global level. 

In order to ameliorate the burden of impaired hearing, the most common method of rehabilitation  is to provide listeners with good quality hearing instruments coupled with ongoing counselling. 

For most individuals with bilateral hearing impairment,  the  body  of  evidence  collected across nearly 3 decades of  research  has found that the  provision of  2  compared  with 1 hearing aid yields significant benefits for the listener. Although research continues to more  fully  understand  why  listening  with two ears compared with one ear is advantageous for most listeners, much has already been learned. 

All listeners rely heavily on the fact that humans come equipped with two ears. 

Benefits associated with bilateral hearing instrument use
1. Better understanding of speech in quiet and in noisy listening situations. 
2. Better sound localization 
3. Improved more natural sound quality 
4. Decreased listening effort and resulting fatigue
5. Reduced auditory deprivation (long term cognitive changes) in aided, compared with         unaided ears 
6. Increased consumer satisfaction
7. Higher scores on measures assessing self-perceived quality of life 
8. When given the choice, bilaterally hearing-impaired individuals strongly prefer bilateral     instead of unilateral hearing aid fittings 



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