Surprise - This Can Derail Your Career


Woman confused at work because she has untreated hearing loss.

When people are at an age where they are still working, their job is often a huge part of their self-worth. They base their self-image on what type of job they do, 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 most likely has something to do with what you do for a living.

It’s not enjoyable to consider what would happen if something took your career away. But there’s a career-breaker out there that should make anyone who loves their work perk up and listen.

The troubling link between career success and neglected hearing loss is precisely that career killer.

Unemployment Rate is Higher With Untreated Hearing Loss

A person with untreated hearing problems is over 200% more likely to be underemployed or unemployed. Underemployment is typically defined as the condition of employees not earning up to their potential, either because they are not working full time or because the work does not make use of all of their marketable capabilities.

Those who have untreated hearing loss face many challenges in almost any line of work. A doctor needs to hear her patients. If they’re going to safely work together, construction workers need to be able to communicate. Even a librarian would find it hard to assist library patrons without her hearing.

Lots of individuals stay in the same line of work their whole lives. They know it very well. If they can no longer execute that job well because of neglected hearing loss, it’s difficult to make a living doing something different.

The Wage Gap Caused by Hearing Loss

Somebody with hearing loss makes only around 75 cents to every dollar that someone with normal hearing earns. This wage gap is backed by numerous independent studies that show that a person loses as much as $12,000 in wages each year.

How much they lose directly correlates with the severity of the hearing impairment. According to a study conducted on 80,000 individuals, even people with mild hearing loss are potentially losing money.

What Challenges do People Who Suffer From Hearing Loss Face on The Job?

Someone with neglected hearing loss is 5 times more likely to take a sick day as a result of job stress.

From moment to moment, somebody with hearing loss copes with stresses that co-workers never see. Picture needing to concentrate on hearing and comprehending in team meetings while others just take hearing for granted. Now think about the anxiety of missing something significant.

That’s even more stressful.

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.

In addition to on the job concerns, people with untreated hearing loss are at increased danger of:

  • Paranoia
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Social Isolation
  • Dementia

Reduced productivity is the consequence of all this. And given the challenges that a person with hearing loss deals with at work and in life, they may also not be considered for an upcoming promotion.

Luckily, this sad career outlook has a silver lining.

A Career Approach That Works

Studies also reveal that having your hearing loss treated can eliminate the unemployment and the wage gap.

According to a Better Hearing Institute study, someone with mild hearing loss who wears hearing aids can eliminate the wage gap by as much as 90-100%.

A person with moderate hearing loss can remove about 77% of the gap. That gets them almost up to the earning of a person in the same job with normal hearing.

In spite of this positive news, many people fail to treat their hearing loss during those working years. They may feel self-conscious about losing their hearing. It makes them feel old.

They may assume that hearing aids are simply too costly for them. They probably don’t recognize that if hearing loss is left untreated, it progresses more quickly in addition to causing the other health concerns mentioned above.

In light of these common objections, these studies hold additional significance. Not dealing with your hearing loss may be costing you more than you recognize. If you’ve been undecided about wearing hearing aids at work, it’s time to have a hearing test. Get in touch with us so we can help you make that decision.

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