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Surprise – This Can Cost You Your Career

Woman confused at work because she has untreated hearing loss.

During the typical working years, many people build a lot of their perceived self-worth up around their job. They base their self-image on what type of job they have, what position they hold, and how much they make.

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when somebody asks, “So what do you do”? It probably has something to do with what you do for a living.

It’s not enjoyable to think about what would happen if something took your career away. But there’s a career-breaker out there that should make anyone who loves their work pay attention.

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

Untreated Hearing Loss Raises Unemployment Rates

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 using and their not making as much as they should be, that’s defined as underemployed.

Those who have untreated hearing loss face many challenges in almost any line of work. Doctors need to be capable of hearing their patients. If they’re going to safely work together, construction workers have to be able to communicate. Even a librarian would find it hard to assist library patrons without her hearing.

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

The Potential Hearing Impairment Wage Gap

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

The degree of hearing loss is directly associated with how much they lose. According to a study conducted on 80,000 individuals, even people with slight hearing loss are potentially losing money.

What Are Some on The Job Challenges That Individuals With Hearing Loss Face

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

From moment to moment, somebody with hearing loss experiences stresses that co-workers never see. Envision needing to concentrate on hearing and understanding in team meetings while others simply take hearing for granted. Now imagine the stress of missing something important.

That’s even worse.

Those with untreated hearing loss are also 3 times as likely to have a serious fall or other accident while on or off the job. Your ability to work is impacted.

Somebody with neglected hearing loss is at an increased risk, in addition to job concerns, of the following:

  • Dementia
  • Paranoia
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Social Isolation

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

Fortunately, there’s a very bright upside to this dismal career outlook.

A Career Solution That Works

Studies also show that having your hearing loss treated can cancel out 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 reported by a study done by Better Hearing Institute.

About 77% of that gap can be removed for somebody with moderate hearing loss. That’s nearly the earning level of someone with normal hearing.

Despite this positive news, many individuals fail to treat their hearing loss during those working years. They feel that losing their hearing is embarrassing. It makes them feel old.

Hearing aids might seem too costly. They most likely don’t comprehend that if hearing loss is left untreated, it progresses more quickly in addition to triggering the other health problems mentioned above.

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




References

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

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