Impact Study

Do hearing aids improve lives?

World Wide Hearing conducted a research study in Guatemala from 2015-2016 to understand the impact of providing a hearing aid to a person with hearing loss. We also looked at the lives of people with hearing loss prior to obtaining a hearing aid in order to understand the challenges they face. Here are our key findings:

People with hearing loss:

  • Were significantly poorer than people without disabling hearing loss
  • Were twice as likely to have symptoms of depression
  • Had a significantly poorer quality of life

After receiving hearing aids:

  • 82% were satisfied with their hearing aids
  • 71% of people used them daily
  • 78% used them for at least four hours per day

The use of hearing aids created a significant improvement in mental health & wellbeing, including:

  • Reduction in moderate-severe symptoms of depression
  • 86% of case participants reported that hearing aids increased their self-confidence
  • 88% of case participants reported that hearing aids had positively changed their enjoyment of life
  • 23% felt safer wearing their hearing aids
  • 56% reported that the most significant benefit of wearing hearing aids had been the ability to communicate with family and friends

Hearing loss has a substantial and broad ranging negative impact on the lives of people living in Guatemala, including their: economic status, mental health and quality of life. In less than a year of usage, hearing aids significantly improve mental health and quality of life. World Wide Hearing hopes that these results will galvanize efforts to address hearing loss and ensure a better life for all affected.

Download the Executive Summary (8 pages) or download the complete Research Summary Report (120 pages).