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Woman confused at work because she has untreated hearing loss.

During the typical working years, many individuals build much of their perceived self-worth up around their job. Their self-image is frequently 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 that comes to mind. It’s probably to tell them about what you do for a living.

People don’t like to have to think about what they’d do if their job was hindered. But if you like your job, then you should take note of this career-buster.

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

Unemployment Rate is Higher With Untreated Hearing Loss

A person with neglected hearing problems is over 200% more likely to be unemployed or underemployed. If somebody isn’t working full time or has marketable capabilities that their not using and their not earning as much as they should be, that’s defined as underemployed.

In almost any occupation, people with neglected hearing loss face lots of difficulties. Doctors need to be capable of hearing their patients. A construction worker needs to hear his co-workers in order to work with each other on a job. And without the ability to hear, even a librarian would find it hard to help library patrons.

Many people work their entire lives in one occupation. They become quite good at what they do. If they can no longer do that job well due to neglected hearing loss, it’s difficult to make a living doing something different.

The Potential Hearing Impairment Wage Gap

Someone with hearing loss makes only around 75 cents to every dollar that somebody with normal hearing earns. Many independent studies support this wage gap and show that that gap averages out at about $12,000 lost wages per year.

The severity of hearing loss is closely linked with how much they lose. Even people with mild hearing loss are potentially losing money, according to a study of 80,000 people.

What Are Some on The Job Struggles That Individuals With Hearing Loss Experience?

A person with untreated hearing loss is 5 times more likely to take a sick day caused by job stress.

From moment to moment, someone with hearing loss copes with stresses that co-workers never recognize. Envision having to concentrate on hearing and understanding in team meetings while others just take hearing for granted. And missing out on an important piece of information is always a worry.

That’s even more stressful.

While on or off the job, it’s three times more likely that someone with neglected hearing loss will have a fall. Both impact your ability to do the work.

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

  • Social Isolation
  • Depression
  • Dementia
  • Paranoia
  • Anxiety

Reduced productivity is the result of all this. And given the difficulties that someone suffering from 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.

A Career Strategy That Works

The unemployment and wage gap can be mitigated by getting hearing aids according to some studies.

The wage gap can be decreased by 90 – 100% for somebody 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 eliminated for someone with moderate hearing loss. That’s about the earning level of somebody with normal hearing.

Even though hearing loss can be managed it isn’t uncommon for people to neglect it during their working years. They might feel embarrassed about losing their hearing. They don’t want to appear “older” because of their hearing loss.

They may assume that hearing aids are simply too costly for them. Most likely, they’re not aware that hearing loss gets worse faster if neglected, not to mention the previously discussed health concerns.

Considering these common objections, these studies hold added significance. Leaving your hearing untreated is probably more expensive than you know. If you’ve been on the fence about using hearing aids at work, it’s time to get a hearing test. Contact us and we can help you decide 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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