When people are at an age where they are still working, their job is often a huge part of their self-worth. They base their self-image on what kind of job they do, what position they have, and how much they earn.
When someone asks “so what do you do?”, what’s the first thing you think. It’s most likely to tell them about your occupation.
It’s not pleasant to think about what you would do if something took your living away. But if you value your job, then you should take note of this career-breaker.
That career killer is the troublesome link between untreated hearing loss and job success.
Unemployment Rate is Higher With Untreated Hearing Loss
A person is over 200% more likely to be unemployed or underemployed if they have neglected hearing impairment. Underemployment is typically defined as the condition of employees not earning up to their potential, either because they aren’t working full time or because the work doesn’t utilize all of their marketable skills.
Those with untreated hearing loss face lots of challenges in almost any occupation. Doctors need to be capable of hearing their patients. If they’re going to safely work together, construction workers need to be able to communicate. 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 switch to a different career and make a decent living.
The Wage Gap Caused by Hearing Impairment
Someone with hearing loss makes only around 75 cents to every dollar that someone with normal hearing earns. This wage gap is supported by numerous independent studies that reveal that a person loses as much as $12,000 in wages every year.
How much they lose closely correlates with the severity of the hearing impairment. According to a study conducted on 80,000 participants, even people with slight hearing loss are potentially losing money.
What Challenges do Those Who Suffer From Hearing Loss Confront 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.
From moment to moment, somebody with hearing loss copes with stresses that co-workers never recognize. Picture being in a meeting and straining to hear while everyone else is taking their hearing for granted. And missing out on a crucial 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 untreated hearing loss will suffer from a fall. Both impact your ability to do the work.
Somebody with untreated hearing loss is at an increased danger, in addition to job concerns, of the following:
- Social Isolation
All of this results in reduced productivity. And given the difficulties that a person with hearing loss faces at work and in life, they may also not be considered for an upcoming promotion.
Luckily, this sad career outlook has a silver lining.
An Effective Career Solution
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 minor hearing loss who uses hearing aids can eliminate the wage gap by as much as 90-100%.
About 77% of that gap can be mitigated for someone with moderate hearing loss. That’s about the earning level of somebody who has normal hearing.
Even though hearing loss can be corrected it isn’t uncommon for people to ignore it during their working years. They might feel self-conscious about losing their hearing. They don’t want to appear “older” because of their hearing loss.
Hearing aids might seem too expensive. They probably don’t recognize that if hearing loss is neglected, it progresses more quickly in addition to triggering the other health concerns mentioned above.
These studies are even more compelling when these common objections are taken into account. Not addressing your hearing loss may be costing you more than you recognize. It’s time to have a hearing test if you’re trying to decide if you should use hearing aids at work. Call us and we can help you figure out whether hearing aids would help.