When people are at an age where they are still working, their job is frequently a large part of their self-worth. They base their self-image on what kind of job they have, what position they hold, and how much they make.
When someone asks “so what do you do?”, what’s the first thing you think. It most likely has something to do with your job.
People don’t like to have to think about what they’d do if their job was hampered. But if you value your job, then you should be aware of this career-breaker.
The troubling link between job success and neglected hearing loss is precisely that career killer.
Unemployment Rate is Higher With Untreated Hearing Loss
A person with neglected hearing problems is over 200% more likely to be unemployed or underemployed. If a person isn’t working full time or has marketable skills that their not making use of and their not making as much as they should be, that’s defined as underemployed.
In practically any occupation, individuals with untreated hearing loss face lots of challenges. A doctor needs to hear her patients. If they’re going to efficiently work together, construction workers need to be able to communicate. And without the ability to hear, even a librarian would find it difficult to help library patrons.
Many people work their entire lives in one occupation. They become quite good at what they do. If they can no longer perform that job well due to neglected hearing loss, it’s difficult to make a living doing something different.
The Wage Gap Caused by Hearing Impairment
On top of unemployment, those with hearing loss all have the tendency to experience a significant wage gap, making about 75 cents for every dollar a person with normal hearing makes. This wage gap is backed by many independent studies that reveal that a person loses as much as $12,000 in wages every year.
How much they lose strongly correlates with the severity of the hearing loss. According to a study conducted on 80,000 participants, even people with moderate hearing loss are potentially losing money.
What Challenges do Those With Hearing Loss Face on The Job?
Job stress causes someone with hearing loss to take sick days 5 times more often than somebody with functional hearing.
Being unable to hear causes added stress that other workers don’t endure on a moment-to-moment basis. Imagine being in a meeting and struggling to hear while everybody else is taking their hearing for granted. And missing an essential piece of information is always a worry.
That’s even worse.
While at work or at home, it’s three times more likely that somebody with neglected hearing loss will have a fall. Both impact your ability to do the work.
Someone with untreated hearing loss is at an increased danger, in addition to job concerns, of the following:
- 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, unfortunately being passed over for a promotion is also a very real possibility.
Luckily, this sad career outlook has a silver lining.
A Career Solution That Works
The unemployment and wage gap can be mitigated by using hearing aids according to some studies.
The wage gap can be erased by 90 – 100% for someone with minor hearing loss who uses 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 about the earning level of someone who has normal hearing.
In spite of this positive news, many people fail to treat their hearing loss during those working years. They might feel embarrassed about losing their hearing. They don’t want to look “older” because of their hearing loss.
Hearing aids may seem too expensive. Most likely, they’re not aware that hearing loss gets worse faster if neglected, not to mention the previously mentioned health challenges.
In light of these common objections, these studies hold additional significance. Not dealing with your hearing loss may be costing you more than you know. If you’ve been on the fence about using hearing aids at work, it’s time to have a hearing assessment. Give us a call and we can help you figure out whether hearing aids would help.