Woman confused at work because she has untreated hearing loss.

During the normal working years, many people build much of their perceived self-worth up around their occupation. Their self-image is often based on what job they have, their position, and how much they make.

When someone asks “so what do you do?”, what’s the first thing you think. 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 if you like your job, then you should take note of this career-breaker.

That livelihood killer is the troublesome link between neglected 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 somebody isn’t working full time or has marketable capabilities that their not making use of and their not making as much money as they should be, that’s defined as underemployed.

Those with untreated hearing loss face countless challenges in nearly any occupation. A doctor needs to hear her 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 hard to help library patrons.

Lots of individuals remain in the same line of work their whole lives. They know it very well. For them, if they can’t hear well, it would be hard to switch to a different job and make a respectable living.

The Wage Gap Caused by Hearing Loss

In addition to unemployment, those with hearing loss all have the tendency to suffer a significant wage gap, making around 75 cents for every dollar somebody with normal hearing earns. Numerous independent studies support this wage gap and demonstrate that that gap averages out at about $12,000 lost wages per year.

The degree of hearing loss is strongly associated with how much they lose. Even individuals with moderate hearing loss are potentially losing money, based on a study of 80,000 people.

What Struggles do People With Hearing Loss Face on The Job?

A person with neglected hearing loss is 5 times more likely to take a sick day as a result of job stress.

Being unable to hear causes additional stress that other workers don’t experience on a moment-to-moment basis. Envision being in a meeting and straining to hear while everyone else is taking their hearing for granted. Now think about 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. Both impact your ability to do the work.

On top of on the job issues, individuals with neglected hearing loss are at increased danger of:

  • Paranoia
  • Social Isolation
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Dementia

Decreased productivity is the result of all this. People with hearing loss face so many difficulties, both at work and in their personal lives, regrettably being passed over for a promotion is also a very real possibility.

Luckily, there’s a really bright upside to this dismal career outlook.

A Career Solution That Works

Studies also reveal that getting hearing loss treated can eliminate the unemployment and the wage gap.

The wage gap can be erased by 90 – 100% for a person with mild hearing loss who uses hearing aids, as revealed by a study carried out by Better Hearing Institute.

About 77% of that gap can be removed for a person with moderate hearing loss. That gets them nearly up to the earning of a person in the same field with normal hearing.

Even though hearing loss can be corrected it’s not uncommon for people to ignore it during their working years. They think that losing their hearing is embarrassing. It makes them feel old.

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

Considering these common objections, these studies hold additional significance. Not treating your hearing loss may be costing you more than you think. If you’ve been on the fence about wearing hearing aids at work, it’s time to have a hearing assessment. Get in touch with us so we can help you make that decision.

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References

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

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