During the normal working years, many people build much of their perceived self-worth up around their occupation. They base their self-image on what kind of job they do, what position they hold, and how much they earn.
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when someone asks, “So what do you do”? It most likely has something to do with your job.
People don’t want to have to think about what they’d do if their job was hindered. But there’s a career-breaker out there that should make anybody who loves putting in a good day’s work pay attention.
That livelihood killer is the disturbing 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 untreated hearing loss. If somebody isn’t working full time or has marketable skills that their not using and their not making as much as they should be, that’s defined as underemployed.
In nearly any occupation, individuals with neglected hearing loss experience lots of difficulties. Doctors need to be able to hear their patients. A construction worker needs to hear his co-workers in order to work together on a job. Even a librarian would find it difficult to help library patrons without her hearing.
Many people work their entire lives in one line of work. They become very good at what they do. If they can no longer do that job well because of untreated hearing loss, it’s hard to make a living doing something else.
The Potential Hearing Loss Wage Gap
Someone with hearing loss makes only about 75 cents to every dollar that somebody with normal hearing earns. Many independent studies back this wage gap and show that that gap averages out at around $12,000 lost wages per year.
The extent of hearing loss is closely associated with how much they lose. 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 Challenges That People With Hearing Loss Experience?
Job stress causes a person with hearing loss to take sick days 5 times more often than somebody with functional hearing.
From moment to moment, someone with hearing loss copes with stresses that co-workers never see. Envision needing to concentrate on hearing and comprehending in team meetings while others simply take hearing for granted. Now think about the anxiety of missing something important.
That’s even more stressful.
Those with untreated hearing loss are also 3 times as likely to have a significant fall or other accident while on or off the job. Your ability to work is impacted.
On top of on the job issues, people with neglected hearing loss are at increased risk of:
- Social Isolation
All of this adds up to reduced productivity. People who have 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, there’s a really bright upside to this dismal career outlook.
An Effective Career Solution
Studies also reveal that getting hearing loss treated can eliminate the unemployment and the wage gap.
According to a Better Hearing Institute study, somebody with slight hearing loss who wears hearing aids can erase the wage gap by up to 90-100%.
About 77% of that gap can be removed for a person with moderate hearing loss. That’s nearly the earning level of someone who has normal hearing.
Even though hearing loss can be managed it isn’t uncommon for people to neglect it during their working years. They think that losing their hearing is embarrassing. They don’t want to seem “older” because of their hearing loss.
They may assume that hearing aids are just too costly for them. They most likely don’t comprehend that if hearing loss is left untreated, it worsens more quickly in addition to causing the other health problems mentioned above.
These studies are even more significant when these common objections are taken into consideration. Leaving your hearing unaddressed is likely more costly than you realize. It’s time to get a hearing exam if you’re trying to decide if you should wear hearing aids at work. Get in touch with us so we can help you make that decision.