When people are at an age where they are still working, their job is frequently a huge part of their self-worth. Their self-image is often 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 most likely has something to do with what you do for a living.
People don’t want to have to think about what they’d do if their livelihood was hampered. But there’s a career-buster out there that should make anyone who loves their work pay attention.
The troubling connection between job success and untreated hearing loss is precisely that livelihood killer.
Unemployment Rate is Higher With Untreated Hearing Loss
Someone with untreated hearing trouble is over 200% more likely to be underemployed or unemployed. Underemployment is generally 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 use all of their marketable expertise.
Those with untreated hearing loss face many obstacles in almost any occupation. A doctor needs to hear her patients. A construction worker needs to hear his co-workers in order to work with each other on a job. Even a librarian would find it difficult to help library patrons without her hearing.
Many people 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 difficult to switch to a different job and make a respectable living.
The Wage Gap Caused by Hearing Impairment
Someone with hearing loss makes only about 75 cents to every dollar that somebody with normal hearing earns. This wage gap is backed by numerous independent studies that reveal that an individual loses up to $12,000 in wages every year.
The severity of hearing loss is directly associated with how much they lose. According to a study conducted on 80,000 participants, even people with slight hearing loss are potentially losing money.
What Struggles do Individuals With Hearing Loss Face on The Job?
Someone with untreated hearing loss is 5 times more likely to take a sick day caused by job stress.
Being unable to hear causes added stress that peers don’t experience on a moment-to-moment basis. Imagine being in a meeting and straining to hear while everyone else is taking their hearing for granted. And missing a crucial piece of information is always a worry.
That’s even worse.
Those with neglected 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 danger, in addition to job challenges, of the following:
- Social Isolation
Reduced productivity is the result of all this. People with hearing loss face 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, this sad career prospect 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 decreased by 90 – 100% for a person with minor hearing loss who uses hearing aids, as reported by a study done by Better Hearing Institute.
Someone with moderate hearing loss can eliminate about 77% of the gap. That’s nearly the earning level of somebody with normal hearing.
In spite of this positive news, many people leave their hearing loss untreated during those working years. They may feel self-conscious about losing their hearing. It makes them feel old.
Hearing aids might seem too expensive. Most likely, they don’t know that hearing loss gets worse faster if left untreated, not to mention the previously mentioned health challenges.
In light of these common objections, these studies hold additional significance. Not addressing your hearing loss may be costing you more than you recognize. If you’ve been undecided about using hearing aids at work, it’s time to have a hearing exam. Get in touch with us so we can help you make that decision.