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 large part of their self-worth. They base their self-image on what kind of job they do, what position they hold, and how much they make.

When somebody 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.

It’s not pleasant to consider what you would do if something took your living away. But if you value your job, then you should be aware of this career-buster.

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

Untreated Hearing Loss Raises Unemployment Rates

A person is over 200% more likely to be unemployed or underemployed if they have neglected hearing loss. If somebody isn’t working full time or has marketable skills that their not making use of and their not making as much money as they should be, that’s defined as underemployed.

Those with neglected hearing loss face many challenges in nearly any line of work. Doctors need to be able to hear their patients. A construction worker has to hear his co-workers in order to work with each other on a job. Even a librarian would find it difficult to help library patrons without her hearing.

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

The Potential Hearing Impairment Wage Gap

In addition to unemployment, those with hearing loss all tend to suffer a significant wage gap, making about 75 cents for every dollar a person with normal hearing makes. Many independent studies back this wage gap and demonstrate that that gap averages out at about $12,000 lost wages per year.

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

What Are Some on The Job Struggles That People With Hearing Loss Face?

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

From moment to moment, somebody with hearing loss copes with stresses that co-workers never recognize. Envision being in a meeting and straining to hear while everyone else is taking their hearing for granted. Now think about the stress of missing something significant.

That’s even more stressful.

While at work or at home, it’s three times more likely that someone with untreated 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 concerns, of the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Social Isolation
  • Paranoia
  • Depression
  • Dementia

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

Fortunately, this sad career outlook has an upside.

A Career Solution That Works

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

According to a Better Hearing Institute study, somebody with mild hearing loss who wears hearing aids can erase the wage gap by as much as 90-100%.

Someone with moderate hearing loss can get rid of about 77% of the gap. That gets them almost up to the income of an individual in the same job with normal hearing.

Even though hearing loss can be managed it’s not uncommon for people to ignore it during their working years. They may feel embarrassed about losing their hearing. It makes them feel old.

They may think that hearing aids are just 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.

In light of these common objections, these studies hold added significance. Not treating your hearing loss might be costing you more than you think. It’s time to have a hearing exam if you’re trying to decide if you should use hearing aids at work. 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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