Founded in 1973, the Better Hearing Institute conducts research and engages in hearing health education with the goal of helping people with hearing loss benefit from proper treatment.
Recognizing the important role that hearing plays in an individual’s whole health, productivity, and quality of life, BHI is working to affect a culture of “hearing wellness” in the United States that fosters early detection and appropriate treatment of hearing loss, but that also maximizes technologies that make it easier for people with hearing loss to stay active and fully engaged at work, at home, and in their communities and social lives.
BHI is the educational arm of the Hearing Industries Association (HIA).
The “state of hearing” in America
In recent years, the United States has undergone an upward demographic shift in age. At the same time, greater numbers of Americans are experiencing hearing loss at younger ages. Meanwhile, people are putting off retirement, staying in the workforce longer, and remain eager to stay actively engaged in full and productive lives.
These emerging societal trends escalate the importance of recognizing hearing loss as a public health issue that we must address. The good news is there are leading-edge technologies available—such as digital hearing aids, advanced microphone technologies, and wireless functionalities that can help the great majority of people maximize their hearing ability whenever and wherever they want. As more of America experiences hearing loss, it becomes all the more imperative that we create a national culture that promotes the diagnosis, treatment, and successful management of hearing loss—for the benefit of individuals and for society as a whole.