A Phonak white paper about why hearing healthcare is vital for healthy living.
Stäfa (Switzerland), March 2, 2020 – Leading hearing health care brand Phonak just published a position statement on Well-Hearing is Well-Being on the eve of the World Hearing Day. The paper proposes a model of well-being for clinical audiology practice that considers social & emotional, cognitive, and physical well-being as its core dimensions.
Hearing well and being well – a scientific connection
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as a “state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”1. As research has shown that hearing loss is associated with a number of health issues such as depression, anxiety, dementia, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes, it is recognized that all three domains of well-being identified in WHO’s definition of health are impacted by hearing loss.
In this context, Phonak convened a group of international researchers and experts to discuss well-being. The expert panel recommends to focus future research on further investigating how hearing relates to different aspects of well-being, and how hearing rehabilitation might foster well-being. Moreover, the researchers propose collaborations with other healthcare disciplines to spread knowledge on comorbidities, to foster prevention, and to address hearing loss as part of a whole person care.
Hearing care as catalyst for well-being
The expert group sees hearing care providers in a unique position to put hearing loss and hearing rehabilitation in a much broader context. Through a family centered-care approach, discussing comorbidities, hearing technology, and communication strategies, hearing care providers and hearing rehabilitation can be pivotal in fostering communication, participation in physically or cognitively stimulating activities, and social functioning – thereby serving as a catalyst for well-being.
In addition to the full position statement on Hearing Review online, Phonak is hosting a Well-Hearing is Well-Being Symposium at the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) 2020 + HearTECH Expo in New Orleans, LA on April 2 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. New research findings in the areas of hearing and cognition, the impact of hearing care on health costs, and evidence from a new study revealing the effect of hearing aids on cognitive decline will be among the topics discussed.
1.World Health Organization (WHO). Constitution of the World Health Organization. Geneva, Switzerland; 1948.
Headquartered near Zurich, Switzerland, Phonak, a member of the Sonova Group, was created in 1947 out of a passion for taking on the most difficult hearing challenges. Seventy years later, this passion remains. As the industry’s leading innovator, we offer the broadest portfolio of life-changing hearing solutions. From pediatric to profound hearing loss, we remain committed to creating hearing solutions that change people’s lives to thrive socially and emotionally. We believe in creating a world where ‘Life is on’ for everyone.
At Phonak, we believe that hearing well is essential to living life to the fullest. For more than 70 years, we have remained true to our mission by developing pioneering hearing solutions that change people’s lives to thrive socially and emotionally.
Life is on.