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

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Social-Emotional well-being

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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

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Hearing well supports cognitive fitness.4

 

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

 

 
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Physical well-being

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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

Reference

  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. https://doi.org/10.1002/14651858.CD012023
  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). https://doi.org/10.3766/jaaa.26.2.6
  4. Karawani, H., Jenkins, K., & Anderson, S. (2018). Restoration of sensory input may improve cognitive and neural function. Neuropsychologia, 114, 203–213. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2018.04.041
  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. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm9010254.
  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. https://doi.org/10.3109/14992027.2015.1059503
  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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gaitpost.2017.07.112
  8. Rumalla, K., Karim, A.M. & Hullar, T.E (2015). The effect of hearing aids on postural stability. Laryngoscope, 125(3), 720-723. https://doi.org/10.1002/lary.24974  
  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. https://doi.org/10.1159/000445100

 

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