When people are at an age where they are still working, their job is often a large part of their self-worth. Their self-image is frequently 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 probably has something to do with your job.
People don’t want to have to think about what they’d do if their livelihood 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.
That career killer is the disturbing link between untreated hearing loss and job success.
Untreated Hearing Loss Raises Unemployment Rates
A person is over 200% more likely to be underemployed or unemployed if they have neglected hearing loss. If somebody isn’t working full time or has marketable capabilities that their not using and their not earning as much money as they should be, that’s defined as underemployed.
Those who have neglected hearing loss face lots of challenges in almost any line of work. A doctor needs to hear her patients. A construction worker has 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 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 job and make a respectable living.
The Potential Hearing Impairment Wage Gap
In addition to unemployment, those with hearing impairment all tend to experience a substantial wage gap, making around 75 cents for every dollar somebody with normal hearing makes. This wage gap is supported by many independent studies that reveal that an individual loses as much as $12,000 in wages every year.
The severity of hearing loss is strongly associated with how much they lose. Even people with mild hearing loss are potentially losing money, based on a study of 80,000 people.
What Struggles do Individuals With Hearing Loss Face on The Job?
Job stress causes somebody with hearing loss to take sick days 5 times more often than somebody with normal hearing.
Being incapable of hearing causes additional stress that peers don’t experience on a moment-to-moment basis. Picture needing to concentrate on hearing and comprehending in team meetings while others just take hearing for granted. Now imagine the stress of missing something significant.
That’s even worse.
Those with untreated hearing loss are also 3 times as likely to have a serious fall or other accident while at work or at home. Both impact your ability to do the work.
Somebody with neglected hearing loss is at an increased risk, in addition to job challenges, of the following:
- Social Isolation
All of this adds up to reduced productivity. And given the obstacles that someone suffering from hearing loss deals with at work and in life, they may also not be considered for an available promotion.
Luckily, there’s a very bright upside to this dismal career outlook.
An Effective Career Strategy
The unemployment and wage gap can be eliminated by wearing hearing aids according to some studies.
The wage gap can be decreased by 90 – 100% for a person with mild hearing loss who wears hearing aids, as revealed by a study conducted by Better Hearing Institute.
About 77% of that gap can be removed for someone with moderate hearing loss. That’s nearly the earning level of someone with normal hearing.
Despite this positive news, many individuals 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 assume that hearing aids are simply too expensive for them. Most likely, they’re not aware that hearing loss gets worse faster if left untreated, not to mention the previously mentioned health concerns.
These studies are even more significant when these common objections are taken into consideration. Leaving your hearing unaddressed is probably more costly than you recognize. It’s time to have a hearing exam 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.