During the typical working years, many people build a lot of their perceived self-worth up around their job. Their self-image is frequently based on what job they have, their position, and their pay.
When somebody asks “so what do you do?”, what’s the first thing that comes to mind. It’s probably to tell them about your occupation.
It’s not enjoyable to consider what would happen if something took your living away. But if you value your job, then you should take note of this career-breaker.
That livelihood killer is the disturbing 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 unemployed or underemployed if they have untreated hearing loss. If someone isn’t working full time or has marketable skills that their not using and their not earning as much as they should be, that’s defined as underemployed.
Those with untreated hearing loss face many challenges in almost any occupation. Doctors need to be capable of hearing their patients. A construction worker needs 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 difficult to help library patrons.
Many people work their entire lives in one line of work. They know it really well. If they can no longer perform that job well due to untreated hearing loss, it’s hard to make a living doing something else.
The Potential Hearing Impairment Wage Gap
On top of unemployment, those with hearing impairment all tend to experience a substantial wage gap, making around 75 cents for every dollar a person with normal hearing earns. This wage gap is backed by numerous independent studies that show that a person loses up to $12,000 in income every year.
The degree of hearing loss is closely associated with how much they lose. Even individuals with moderate hearing loss are potentially losing money, based on a study of 80,000 people.
What Are Some on The Job Struggles That People With Hearing Loss Deal With?
Job stress causes somebody with hearing loss to take sick days 5 times more frequently than somebody with functional hearing.
Being unable to hear causes additional stress that other workers don’t experience on a moment-to-moment basis. Imagine being in a meeting and struggling to hear while everybody else is taking their hearing for granted. Now imagine the stress of missing something significant.
That’s even more stressful.
While on or off the job, it’s three times more likely that someone with untreated hearing loss will have a fall. Your ability to work is impacted.
In addition to on the job concerns, people with neglected hearing loss are at increased danger of:
- Social Isolation
Decreased productivity is the consequence of all this. And given the obstacles that someone with hearing loss confronts at work and in life, they may also not be considered for an available promotion.
Luckily, this sad career prospect has a silver lining.
A Career Approach That Works
The unemployment and wage gap can be mitigated by using hearing aids according to some studies.
According to a Better Hearing Institute study, a person with slight hearing loss who wears hearing aids can erase the wage gap by as much as 90-100%.
About 77% of that gap can be eliminated for somebody with moderate hearing loss. That gets them almost up to the earning of a person in the same job with normal hearing.
Even though hearing loss can be managed it isn’t uncommon for people to disregard it during their working years. They think that losing their hearing is embarrassing. It makes them feel old.
Hearing aids may seem too expensive. Most likely, they don’t know that hearing loss gets worse faster if neglected, not to mention the previously mentioned health challenges.
These studies are even more significant when these common objections are taken into account. Not dealing with your hearing loss might be costing you more than you know. It’s time to have a hearing exam if you’re trying to determine if you should wear hearing aids at work. Get in touch with us so we can help you make that decision.