It may be easy to think of hearing loss as someone else’s problem, but according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) approximately one in eight people in the United States aged 12 years or older has hearing loss in both ears. That’s about 30 million people! Many individuals go untreated because hearing issues can creep up slowly and because many are in denial about how hearing loss is affecting their day to day lives.
By putting off getting tested and treated, many of these folks who have not quite reached retirement age struggle with an underlying problem—hearing loss and career life. Of course the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits a person with hearing loss from being discriminated against in the workplace. While your job is safe, your career trajectory might take a hit if hearing loss goes untreated. There are many obstacles at work that could be made a lot simpler with the help of a diagnosis and hearing technology. Here are a few issues we would like to help you combat:
1. A Hit to Your Confidence
The best and easiest way to succeed at work is to have confidence in yourself and the skills you bring to the table at your job. Unfortunately hearing loss has been tied to social isolation, impaired brain function and a lack of engagement in your environment. All these things lead to a hit in confidence and a inability to work at your full potential, which is why avoiding hearing loss in never the answer.
Open communication with coworkers is an essential part of daily life at any job. When hearing issues create hurdles in professional interactions, the resulting communication challenges can affect an individual’s physical well being, social skills and performance at work. Miscommunications begin to create small cracks where mistakes can slip in—the best way to deal with these communication issues is to confront hearing loss head on!
3. Decrease in Earning Potential
In a study called “The Impact of Untreated Hearing Loss on Household Income,” the Better Hearing Institute set out to see if hearing loss affects income. The study revealed that individuals with untreated hearing loss are generally paid less. On the bright side, the same study revealed that the use of hearing technology had a positive impact on household income.
With or without hearing loss, it can be tough to pursue your career potential. Add in untreated hearing issues and it may seem like a steep mountain to climb, but there are solutions to help with your confidence and communication skills! By seeking to improve your hearing, you are giving yourself the chance to increase earning potential, boost communication with coworkers, and invest in your future. If you think you may be experiencing hearing difficulties, call us or reach out on our website to schedule an appointment for a free hearing evaluation. Today is the last day hearing issues will hold you back at work!