Last week, we talked about the link between hearing loss and heart health. But this week, we want to talk about hearing loss and a different kind of heart health – relationships!
Hearing is a critical aspect of our ability to communicate, and communication is an integral part of our ability to connect with the people around us. So, hearing loss can certainly have a negative impact on relationships that are important to us. In a 2009 British study by Specsavers Hearing Centres, 44% of 1,500 people with hearing loss who were surveyed reported that their hearing loss had caused relationships with their partner, friends or family to suffer.
Fortunately, hearing aids can improve day to day communication with friends and loved ones. For instance, in a study from the National Council on the Aging (NCOA), hearing aid users reported “significant improvements in many areas of their lives”, including their relationships at home and social life.
If you’ve tried hearing aids and are still having trouble getting the clarity or sound quality that you desire, you may wish to consider a new kind of hearing technology. The new Earlens Contact Hearing Solution uses energy to transmit sound and directly vibrate the eardrum. Earlens works very differently from conventional digital hearing aids, which rely on tiny speakers to amplify sound.
A broader frequency range has been associated with more natural sound quality and the ability to understand speech more easily.* But, since speakers are limited in the bandwidth that they can amplify without feedback or distortion, conventional hearing aids are limited in the sound quality that they can provide. By eliminating the need to use a speaker to transmit sound, Earlens can deliver a broader frequency range for more complete sound than any hearing aid on the market.
If you currently wear hearing aids but are still not fully satisfied with the sound quality or your ability to understand friends and loved ones, Earlens may be able to help. Learn more about the Earlens Contact Hearing Solution and ask for a sound demonstration to compare Earlens to your existing hearing aid by making an appointment with an Earlens provider near you.
*Moore, B. C., & Tan, C. (2003). Perceived naturalness of spectrally distorted speech and music. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 114(1), 408. Levy SC et al. Extended High-Frequency Bandwidth Improves Speech Reception in the Presence of Spatially Separated Masking Speech. Ear Hear. 2015 Sep-Oct;36(5):e214-24.
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