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Woman confused at work because she has untreated hearing loss.

When people are at an age where they are still working, their job is often a big part of their self-worth. Their self-image is frequently based on what job they have, their position, and their pay.

When somebody asks “so what do you do?”, what’s the first thing that comes to mind. It most likely has something to do with what you do for a living.

It’s not enjoyable to consider what would happen if something took your career away. But there’s a career-breaker out there that should make anyone who loves putting in a good day’s work perk up and listen.

That career killer is the troublesome link between untreated hearing loss and career success.

Unemployment Rate is Higher With Untreated Hearing Loss

A person is over 200% more likely to be unemployed or underemployed if they have untreated hearing impairment. If someone isn’t working full time or has marketable skills that their not using and their not making as much as they should be, that’s defined as underemployed.

Those with untreated hearing loss face countless challenges in nearly any occupation. Doctors need to be able to hear their patients. If they’re going to efficiently work together, construction workers have to be able to communicate. And without the ability to hear, even a librarian would find it difficult to help library patrons.

Lots of individuals remain in the same occupation their entire lives. They become very good at what they do. If they can no longer execute that job well due to untreated hearing loss, it’s tough to make a living doing something else.

The Potential Hearing Loss Wage Gap

Someone with hearing loss earns only about 75 cents to every dollar that someone with normal hearing earns. This wage gap is supported by numerous independent studies that reveal that an individual loses up to $12,000 in wages each year.

How much they lose directly correlates with the severity of the hearing loss. According to a study conducted on 80,000 participants, even people with mild hearing loss are potentially losing money.

What Struggles do People Who Suffer From Hearing Loss Face on The Job?

Job stress causes someone with hearing loss to take sick days 5 times more often than somebody with normal hearing.

From moment to moment, somebody with hearing loss copes with stresses that co-workers never recognize. Picture needing to concentrate on hearing and understanding in team meetings while others just take hearing for granted. Now imagine the anxiety of missing something significant.

That’s even worse.

While at work or at home, it’s three times more likely that someone with neglected hearing loss will suffer from a fall. Your ability to work is impacted.

Someone with neglected hearing loss is at an increased danger, in addition to job challenges, of the following:

  • Paranoia
  • Depression
  • Dementia
  • Social Isolation
  • Anxiety

Decreased productivity is the consequence of all this. And given the challenges that a person with hearing loss experiences at work and in life, they may also not be considered for an available promotion.

Luckily, this sad career outlook has a silver lining.

An Effective Career Solution

The unemployment and wage gap can be eliminated by using hearing aids according to some studies.

The wage gap can be erased by 90 – 100% for a person with mild hearing loss who wears hearing aids, as reported by a study done by Better Hearing Institute.

Someone with moderate hearing loss can eliminate about 77% of the gap. That gets them almost up to the income of a person in the same field with normal hearing.

Despite this positive news, many individuals fail to treat their hearing loss during those working years. They may feel embarrassed about losing their hearing. They don’t want to look “older” because of their hearing loss.

Hearing aids may seem too costly. Most likely, they don’t know that hearing loss gets worse faster if neglected, not to mention the previously mentioned health concerns.

These studies are even more compelling when these common objections are taken into account. Not dealing with your hearing loss might be costing you more than you know. It’s time to get a hearing test if you’re trying to decide if you should wear hearing aids at work. Give us a call and we can help you determine whether hearing aids would help.

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References

https://journals.lww.com/thehearingjournal/fulltext/2013/02001/Hearing_Loss_Linked_to_Unemployment,_Lower_Income.2.aspx

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.
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