This week, we’d like to tell you about an exciting new project that has been in the works for a while, and we are now finally ready to share with you! Our sister company Hear4U has decided to conduct and publish research into hearing loss statistics, in the hope that we can help motivate people affected by the condition take the right steps that can lead to an improvement in their life quality.
Why Is Research into Hearing Loss Important?
Despite how far technology has come in terms of treating hearing loss, there is currently no cure for the condition. We, as a business dedicated to improving the life quality of those affected by it, would like to see a world where treatments are advanced even further and cures are made available. Research is the driving force behind achievements like those and has the power to change lives.
One of the most important elements of conducting effective research is the field of statistics. It allows scientists to understand a subject on a much deeper level as well as make decisions based on data and is a key aspect of making scientific discoveries. Statistics, however, are not only important because of their significance for science, but also because they can help individuals make informed decisions.
How Can Statistics Help Individuals Make Informed Decisions?
Whether you’ve thought about it or not, statistics play a huge role in almost all areas of our day-to-day lives, including medical studies, healthcare, law, finance, digital marketing, and social media analysis. But statistics can also affect us on a very personal level: they can be reassuring, scary, exciting, thought-provoking, etc.
Consider, for example, how someone who is feeling lonely and isolated due to their hearing loss would be affected by learning that their condition is, in fact, the second most common disability in the UK and that 1 in 5 people are affected by it. Not only would this show them that they are not alone in their struggles, but it could also give them hope and motivation to seek out assistance from people who are facing the same challenges, e.g., by joining a support group.
Another example would be the potential effect of hearing aid-related statistics on individuals who keep postponing seeking treatment for their hearing loss. For instance, the fact that hearing aids are generally most effective when fitted early and those who wait until the problem is more severe have increased difficulty adapting could motivate people to reach out for help on time.
The research conducted by our sister company and hearing care provider Hear4U took around two months to complete and a large portion of it is based on estimates across Hinckley & Bosworth and Nuneaton & Bedworth. It covers a wide range of hearing loss-related areas, including hearing loss prevalence, tinnitus and earwax removal statistics, employment rate among individuals with hearing loss, and industry-specific information.
What prompted the idea of Hear4U conducting their own research into hearing loss was the amount of widespread misconceptions about the condition that still seem to linger in society. The purpose of the research is to provide those who read it with the opportunity to evaluate claims they’ve encountered about hearing loss based on evidence and in this way- better differentiate between reasonable and questionable conclusions.
Fancy having a look and learning more about hearing loss? You can browse Hear4U’s research by clicking here.