Phonak Well-Hearing is Well-Being™

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Well-being is a very personal, and multidimensional concept. While hearing loss and communication challenges can impact the core dimensions of well-being, growing evidence shows that hearing rehabilitation can provide benefits in the same three domains.1


Social-Emotional well-being


Hearing well fosters easier engagement, stronger connections, and a more positive outlook.


Hearing aid users and their communication partners report social benefits from using hearing technology.2,3


Cognitive well-being



Hearing well supports cognitive fitness.4


More frequent use of hearing aids is associated with greater improvements in cognitive function.5



Physical well-being



Hearing well enables people to live a more active and healthy lifestyle.


Hearing aids may promote higher activity level6, offer greater environmental awareness, and improved balance7-9.


Interview Well-Hearing is Well-Being

Christine Jones, Vice President Audiology Phonak US, and Angela Pelosi, Director Global Audiology at Phonak HQ, talking about the dimensions of Well-Hearing is Well-Being.



Learn more about the domains

Interview with Prof. Sophia E. Kramer on Social -Emotional well-being.


Interview with Dr. Graham Naylor on the correlation between cognitive well-being and hearing rehabilitation.


Interview with Dr. Sigrid Scherpiet on physical well-being.



  1. Vercammen, C., Ferguson, M., Kramer, S.E., Meis, M., Singh, G., Timmer, B., Gagné, J-P., Goy, H., Hickson, L., Holube, I., Launer, S., Lemke, U., Naylor, G., Picou, E., Scherpiet,S., Weinstein, B., & Pelosi, A. (2020). Well-Hearing is Well- Being: A Phonak Position Statement. Hearing Review, 27, 18-22.
  2. Ferguson, M.A., Kitterick, P.T., Chong, L.Y., Edmondson-Jones, M., Barker, F., Hoare, D.J. (2017). Hearing aids for mild to moderate hearing loss in adults. Cochrane Database of System Revue, 9.
  3. Kamil, R.J. & Lin, F.R. (2015). The Effects of Hearing Impairment in Older Adults on Communication Partners: A Systematic Review. Journal of the American Academy of Audiology, 26/2, 155-182 (28).
  4. Karawani, H., Jenkins, K., & Anderson, S. (2018). Restoration of sensory input may improve cognitive and neural function. Neuropsychologia, 114, 203–213.
  5. Sarant, J., Harris, D., Busby, P., Maruff, P., Schembri, A., Lemke, U. & Launer, S. (2020). The effect of hearing aid use on cognition in older adults: Can we delay decline or even improve cognitive function? Journal of Clinical Medicine, 9, 254.
  6. Dawes, P., Cruickshanks, K. J., Fischer, M. E., Klein, B. E. K., Klein, R., & Nondahl, D. M. (2015). Hearing-aid use and long-term health outcomes: Hearing handicap, mental health, social engagement, cognitive function, physical health, and mortality. Int J Audiol, 54(11), 838–844.
  7. Negahban, H., Bavarsad Cheshmeh Ali, M., & Nassadj,G. (2017). Effect of hearing aids on static balance function in elderly with hearing loss. Gait Posture, 58:126-129.
  8. Rumalla, K., Karim, A.M. & Hullar, T.E (2015). The effect of hearing aids on postural stability. Laryngoscope, 125(3), 720-723.  
  9. Vitkovic, J., Le, C., Lee, S.L. & Clark, R.A (2016). The Contribution of Hearing and Hearing Loss to Balance Control. Audiol Neurotol, 21(4),195-202.


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