The benefits of hearing care

While hearing loss is sometimes perceived as more of a nuisance and something you can learn to accept, the significant positive impact of timely hearing care is something we're becoming increasingly aware of

Hearing loss is a common condition and often considered inevitable as we age. In fact, it is the third most commonly reported chronic condition, estimated to be twice as prevalent as prevalent as the likes of diabetes and cancer1.

Although hearing loss is often seen as more of a nuisance and something you can learn to accept, we're learning more and more about the significant positive impact that timely hearing care can have on your quality of life. How it can improve the ability to communicate with the world around you and give back a greater level of independence.



A well-managed hearing loss enables the individual to reconnect with family, friends, and colleagues, reducing the feeling of isolation while fostering improved social interactions and confidence. Our social interactions are incredibly important and ensuring the ability to connect to your loved ones and the world around you is vital for maintaining existing relationships and forming new ones. The longest study on aging has even shown that we live longer and healthier lives when we have meaningful social relationships2.

By seeking hearing care, people generally report a greater willingness to participate in social activities, pursue hobbies, and engage more fully in their community which lowers the feeling of loneliness. Being able to better hear and respond promotes a greater independence and self-reliance, contributing to a more satisfying and autonomous lifestyle. Pursuing what matters most.


By breaking the cycle of isolation and enabling communication, hearing care directly contributes to an improved mental health. By addressing hearing difficulties, individuals often experience fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety3, 4, and the use of hearing aids is shown to also have potential benefits in supporting better brain health through reduced listening effort5.


Having a hearing loss addressed has alsoshown an increased benefit in people's professional life. Proper hearing loss strategies and devices such as hearing aids can lead to more effective teamwork and job performance due to an improved ability to actively take part in important conversations.

On a personal level, the ability to hear clearly can increase enjoyment and participation in various life events, ensuring that users don't miss out on meaningful moments. Hearing aids also enhance safety by enabling individuals to hear alarms, traffic, and other important environmental cues. This can prevent accidents and allow people to feel more secure when navigating various settings.

Socioeconomic benefits

On a societal level, well-managed hearing loss has significant socioeconomic benefits. Effective management strategies, such as timely diagnosis, use of hearing aids, and inclusive communication practices, can greatly reduce healthcare costs by maintaining a higher productivity and participation in the workforce, contributing to economic stability for society.

In educational settings, proper management helps ensure that students with hearing loss receive equitable learning opportunities, leading to better educational outcomes and broader career options.


Recent evidence on the holistic impact of hearing loss on health is showing how addressing hearing loss earlier might also have an impact on adjacent conditions with a big societal burden such as cognitive decline6, 7. The benefits of timely hearing care therefore suggests a much greater socioeconomic impact than previously thought.

On the forefront of innovation

To continue to bring hearing care benefits, new advancements also need to be made within hearing care offerings. Technological developments in recent years have paved the way for new innovations in hearing health, providing more convenient, powerful, and intelligent solutions.

The newest technologies offer higher standards in sound quality, individualization, and connectivity – including a seamless integration withdigital devices and ecosystems, enriching daily experiences and access to information, and loved ones.

Talk to your primary health practitioner if you're concerned about your hearing.


  1. National Counsil on Aging (2023). Hearing Loss Is More Common Than Diabetes. Why Aren't We Addressing It? Hearing Loss Is More Common Than Diabetes. Why Aren’t We Addressing It? (
  2. Harvard Stury of Adult Development (2017). Good genes are nice, but joy is better. The Harvard Gazette.
  3. Mener DJ, Betz J, Genther DJ, Chen D, Lin FR. (2013) Hearing loss and depression in older adults. J Amer Ger Soc 61(9):1627.
  4. Bigelow, R. T., Reed, N., Brewster, K., Huang, A., Rebok, G. W., Rutherford, B. R., & Lin, F. R. (2020). Association of hearing loss with psychological distress and utilization of mental health services among adults in the United States. JAMA Network Open, 3(7), e2010986.
  5. American Association of Audiology (2013). Fatique. Fatigue - American Academy of Audiology
  6. Lin, F. R., Pike, J. R., Albert, M., Arnold, M., Burgard, S., Chisolm, T. H., Couper, D. J., Deal, J. A., Goman, A. M., Glynn, N. W., Gmelin, T., Gravens‐Mueller, L., Hayden, K. M., Huang, A., Knopman, D. S., Mitchell, C., Mosley, T. H., Pankow, J. S., Reed, N., . . . Coresh, J. (2023b). Hearing intervention versus health education control to reduce cognitive decline in older adults with hearing loss in the USA (ACHIEVE): a multicentre, randomised controlled trial. Lancet, 402(10404), 786–797.
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