Good hearing essential to physical and emotional well-being.

Charlotte S. Y eh, M.D., Chief Medical Office, AARP Services Inc.; October 20, 2016

“Changing the public conversation on hearing to show how people who experience hearing loss can move from fear and denial to aging gracefully, with resilience, joy, and health…hea ring loss is not a stand-alone disability. It is linked to everything we do every single day.”

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Quantifying the obvious:
The impact of hearing instruments on quality of life.

Sergei Kochkin, PH.D.; Carole M. Rogin, M.A .; printed in The Hearing Review; January 2000

“A survey of 2,069 hearing-impaired individuals and 1,710 of their family members reveals that hearing instrument users are likely to report improvements in their physical, emotional, mental and social well-being. Users of hearing instruments on average are more socially active and avoid extended periods of depression, worry, paranoia and insecurity compared to non-users with hearing loss. Additionally, family members and friends are more likely to notice these benefits than the actual users themselves.”

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Hearing loss and dementia linked in study.

Johns Hopkins Medicine; February 14, 2011

“Seniors with hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time than those who retain their hearing.”
“Researchers found that study participants with hearing loss at the beginning of the study were significantly more likely to develop dementia at the end…The more hearing loss they had, the higher their likelihood of developing the memory-robbing disease”

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Hearing loss tied to depression in study.

Kathleen Doheny, HealthDay Reporter; March 6, 2014

“Hearing loss is associated with depression among…adults, especially women and those younger than age 70, according to new research…In the new study, as hearing declined, the percentage of depressed adults increased – from about 5 percent in those who had no hearing problems to more than 11 percent in those who did.”

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Hearing loss linked to accelerated brain tissue loss.

Johns Hopkins Medicine; January 22, 2014

“Although the brain becomes smaller with age, the shrinkage seems to be fast-tracked in older adults with hearing loss…The findings add to a growing list of health consequences associated with hearing loss, including increased risk of dementia, falls, hospitalizations, and diminished physical and mental health overall.”

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