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 huge part of their self-worth. Their self-image is often based on what job they have, their position, and their pay.

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when somebody asks, “So what do you do”? It’s probably to tell them about your occupation.

People don’t want to have to think about what they’d do if their job was hindered. But there’s a career-buster out there that should make anyone who loves putting in a good day’s work pay attention.

The troubling connection between job success and untreated hearing loss is precisely that career killer.

Unemployment Rate is Higher With Untreated Hearing Loss

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

In practically any career, individuals with untreated hearing loss face lots of challenges. A doctor needs to hear her patients. A construction worker needs to hear his co-workers in order to work with each other on a job. Even a librarian would find it hard to assist library patrons without her hearing.

Many individuals work their entire lives in one line of work. They become quite good at what they do. If they can no longer do that job well because of untreated hearing loss, it’s tough to make a living doing something else.

The Wage Gap Caused by Hearing Loss

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

How much they lose closely correlates with the extent of the hearing loss. Even individuals 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?

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

From moment to moment, someone with hearing loss experiences stresses that co-workers never recognize. Envision having to focus on hearing and comprehending in team meetings while others simply take hearing for granted. Now think about the anxiety of missing something important.

That’s even worse.

While at work or at home, it’s three times more likely that someone with untreated hearing loss will suffer from a fall. Both impact your ability to do the work.

In addition to on the job concerns, people with untreated hearing loss are at increased risk of:

  • Dementia
  • Paranoia
  • Depression
  • Social Isolation
  • Anxiety

Decreased productivity is the result of all this. And given the difficulties that someone suffering from hearing loss faces at work and in life, they may also not be considered for an available promotion.

Fortunately, this sad career prospect has a silver lining.

A Career Strategy That Works

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

According to a Better Hearing Institute study, a person with slight hearing loss who wears hearing aids can eliminate the wage gap by up to 90-100%.

Someone with moderate hearing loss can get rid of about 77% of the gap. That’s about the earning level of someone with normal hearing.

Despite this positive news, many people leave their hearing loss untreated during those working years. They might feel self-conscious about losing their hearing. It makes them feel old.

They may think that hearing aids are simply too expensive for them. They most likely don’t comprehend that if hearing loss is left untreated, it advances more quickly in addition to causing the other health problems pointed out above.

Considering these common objections, these studies hold additional significance. Not treating your hearing loss might be costing you more than you think. It’s time to have a hearing test if you’re trying to determine if you should use hearing aids at work. Call 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

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