A new survey published by Widex highlights the importance of natural sound quality in hearing aids when it comes to wearers’ participation in everyday life.
“While hearing aids continue to evolve to include new features, we believe that quality of sound is and will always be central. Natural sound enables a hearing aid wearer to react to external stimuli – the sounds of the environment, the voices of family and friends, and more. This helps keep their minds active, and in turn, preserve brain function,” said Laura Winther Balling, Evidence and Research Specialist at Widex. “This new report serves to further emphasize the role that a hearing aid’s natural sound quality plays in this critical daily social participation.”
The international survey was conducted in seven countries and included over 100 participants. Hearing aid wearers in United States, Canada, China, Germany, France, Portugal and the United Kingdom were fit with Widex Moment hearing aids and asked to rate their satisfaction with them in comparison to their own hearing aids from various brands.
The wearers’ response indicated that the more natural, high-quality sound of Widex Moment enabled them to better participate in everyday encounters. When asked how satisfied they are with their ability to participate effortlessly in everyday life, only 69% indicated that they can with their own hearing aids, while a whopping 90% indicated effortless everyday participation with the Widex Moment.
The survey participants were mostly satisfied with their own hearing aids at the beginning of the survey period, but after trying Widex Moment, their satisfaction lowered significantly. This suggests that the natural sound Widex Moment is known for is a key feature in overall hearing aid satisfaction.
“The fundamental purpose of hearing aids is to restore the ability to experience life, and this report showed how critical sound quality is to achieving that goal,” Balling emphasized. “Unfortunately, according to recent studies, even slight hearing loss can result in social isolation, depression, anxiety and cognitive decline. Meanwhile, social factors have been shown to positively impact health outcomes. Being able to participate socially has serious implications for the health of the aging population – which is why a hearing aid’s ability to provide natural sound is so important.”