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 kind of job they have, what position they hold, and how much they make.
What’s the first thing you think when someone asks, “So what do you do”? It probably has something to do with your job.
It’s not enjoyable to consider what would happen if something took your living away. But if you value your job, then you should take note of this career-buster.
The troubling link between career success and neglected hearing loss is precisely that career killer.
Untreated Hearing Loss Raises Unemployment Rates
Someone with untreated hearing trouble is over 200% more likely to be underemployed or unemployed. 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 who have untreated hearing loss face many challenges in almost any line of work. Doctors need to be able to hear their patients. If they’re going to efficiently work together, construction workers have to be able to communicate. Even a librarian would find it difficult to assist library patrons without her hearing.
Many individuals work their whole lives in one occupation. They know it really well. For them, if they can’t hear well, it would be hard to change to a different career and make a respectable living.
The Potential Hearing Loss Wage Gap
Somebody 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 show that an individual loses up to $12,000 in wages each year.
How much they lose strongly correlates with the extent of the hearing impairment. 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?
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 concentrate on hearing and understanding in team meetings while others just take hearing for granted. Now imagine the anxiety of missing something important.
That’s even worse.
Those with untreated hearing loss are also 3 times as likely to have a significant fall or other accident while at work or at home. Both impact your ability to do the work.
Somebody with untreated hearing loss is at an increased risk, in addition to job concerns, of the following:
- Social Isolation
All of this adds up to reduced productivity. People who have hearing loss experience so many obstacles, 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 prospect has a silver lining.
A Career Solution That Works
Studies also reveal that having your hearing loss treated can get rid of the unemployment and the wage gap.
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 mitigated for somebody with moderate hearing loss. That’s nearly the earning level of someone who has normal hearing.
Even though hearing loss can be corrected it’s not uncommon for people to neglect it during their working years. They think that losing their hearing is embarrassing. It makes them feel old.
They may think that hearing aids are simply too costly for them. They most likely don’t realize that if hearing loss is left untreated, it progresses more quickly in addition to triggering the other health concerns pointed out above.
These studies are even more significant when these common objections are taken into consideration. Not treating your hearing loss might be costing you more than you know. If you’ve been undecided about using hearing aids at work, it’s time to have a hearing assessment. Get in touch with us so we can help you make that decision.