Hear the World, a global initiative to build awareness about the importance of good hearing by leading Swiss hearing instrument manufacturer Phonak, announced the results of its "Hearing is Living" study, illustrating the connection between good hearing health and good self-esteem. Investing in your hearing health is worth every penny and has self-esteem benefits. The "Hearing is Living" study surveyed more than 4,300 people in the United States, Germany, France, Switzerland and Great Britain to examine the significance of hearing on a person's quality of life.