Hearing loss is something that no one wants to have, but is an inevitable reality for many. The degrees of hearing loss can vary, but either way it is something no one ever “wants” to have or go through. Thankfully, today there are ways to ease this challenge by taking care of yourself and making positive changes.
If you have mild or severe hearing loss you will understand the hardships that come with this challenge. In a study conducted by the National Council on the Aging, results showed clearly that people with “treated hearing loss were less socially isolated and more emotionally secure.” Meaning if you have hearing loss, some of the challenges you face are that of isolation or this fear of isolation in society. This includes not having much confidence in everyday life. Treating this hearing loss can change this for the better.
In school, relationships and in the workplace, if hearing loss goes untreated there are consequences. In most work environments, there is a degree of interactive verbal communication needed to get the work done, and the efficiency or accuracy of how this gets done determines the success of the business. Employers want the most effective workers to lead their business to success and unfortunately there is a trend that people with hearing loss have a disadvantage in the workplace.
There have been multiple studies that show the “effects of an untreated hearing loss” in the workplace when it comes to keeping a job, compensation, income and overall workplace experience. The study by the National Council on the Aging focused on people in the workplace, “refuting the stereotype only elderly people have hearing problems” and proving the fact that it is essential to get your hearing loss diagnosed and treated so you don’t face these issues. Fortunately, 60 percent of people with hearing loss ARE employed but this does not mean they have their hearing loss treated. If a person with undiagnosed hearing loss is having trouble in the workplace, a hearing aid could be extremely beneficial to their overall performance. For example, “unaided people between the ages of 45-64 felt that they were being treated differently than their normal hearing peers when it came to compensation equity.” This is not the case for every individual, but the statistics show that treatment is extremely important. Another example is the difference in salary for severe hearing loss individuals. When reviewing individuals with severe hearing loss, those that are unaided make on average $31,000 less a year! This difference is substantial and shows that it is worth it in the long run to treat your hearing loss.
If a person has untreated hearing loss in the workplace, they may be at a disadvantage and studies have shown that these individuals are compensated less, face more challenges, and generally paid less. You can help close this gap by treating hearing loss.
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