When people are at an age where they are still working, their job is frequently a big 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.
What’s the first thing that comes to mind 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 career away. 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 troublesome link between neglected hearing loss and career success.
Unemployment Rate is Higher With Untreated Hearing Loss
A person is over 200% more likely to be underemployed or unemployed if they have neglected hearing loss. If a person 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 with neglected hearing loss face lots of obstacles in almost any occupation. Doctors need to be able to hear their patients. A construction worker has to hear his co-workers in order to work together 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 occupation. They become extremely good at what they do. For them, if they can’t hear well, it would be difficult to change to a different job and make a decent living.
The Potential Hearing Loss Wage Gap
In addition to unemployment, those with hearing loss all have the tendency to suffer a substantial wage gap, making about 75 cents for every dollar a person with normal hearing earns. Many independent studies back this wage gap and demonstrate that that gap averages out at around $12,000 lost wages per year.
How much they lose closely correlates with the severity of the hearing loss. 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 Face?
Someone with untreated hearing loss is 5 times more likely to take a sick day caused by job stress.
Being incapable of hearing causes added stress that other workers don’t experience on a moment-to-moment basis. Picture needing to focus on hearing and comprehending in team meetings while others simply take hearing for granted. And missing out on 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 someone with neglected hearing loss will suffer from a fall. Both impact your ability to do the work.
Somebody with neglected hearing loss is at an increased risk, in addition to job concerns, of the following:
- Social Isolation
All of this results in decreased productivity. And given the obstacles that a person with hearing loss faces at work and in life, they may also not be considered for an upcoming promotion.
Fortunately, this sad career outlook has an upside.
An Effective Career Solution
The unemployment and wage gap can be eliminated by using hearing aids according to some studies.
According to a Better Hearing Institute study, someone with minor hearing loss who uses hearing aids can eliminate the wage gap by up to 90-100%.
A person with moderate hearing loss can eliminate about 77% of the gap. That’s nearly the earning level of someone who has normal hearing.
Despite this positive news, many people fail to treat their hearing loss during those working years. They feel that losing their hearing is embarrassing. It makes them feel old.
They may assume that hearing aids are simply too costly for them. Most likely, they’re not aware that hearing loss gets worse faster if neglected, not to mention the previously discussed health concerns.
In light of these common objections, these studies hold additional significance. Not treating your hearing loss may be costing you more than you recognize. It’s time to have a hearing exam if you’re trying to determine if you should wear hearing aids at work. Give us a call and we can help you decide whether hearing aids would help.