Hearing solution provider Widex has found via a survey of its customers that 90% of users of the Widex Moment series of hearing aids were experiencing ‘effortless participation’ in normal life thanks to the technology.
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.
The international survey included 101 experienced hearing aid users in seven countries including the United States, Canada, China, Germany, France, Portugal, and the United Kingdom.
Each participant was fitted with Widex Moment hearing aids and asked to rate their satisfaction with them in comparison to their own hearing aids from various brands.
Responses also indicated that natural sound quality – which Widex is known for – is a key feature for overall hearing aid satisfaction.
“While hearing aids continue to evolve to include new features, we believe that quality of sound is and will always be central,” said Laura Winther Balling, evidence and research specialist at Widex.
“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. This new report serves to further emphasize the role that a hearing aid’s natural sound quality plays in this critical daily social participation.”
Balling emphasised: “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.
“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.”