Hearing Loss and Your Income

There May Be A Link

Growing evidence indicates that those with hearing loss lose as much as $30,000 of income annually.

Your hearing and your job

Good communication skills are increasingly playing more of a critical role in the American workforce, with great impact on your wallet. The Better Hearing Institute reports that workers with untreated hearing loss lose as much as $30,000 in income annually, depending on their degree of loss. Already, nearly 40 million Americans suffer from hearing loss, with the majority still in the workforce. More shocking, 30% suspect they have some sort of hearing loss, but have not sought treatment. Asking for someone to repeat themselves, misunderstanding what is being said, or even just pretending to hear when they cannot are all burdens that weigh heavily on American workers with untreated hearing loss.

Effects of untreated hearing loss

Hearing loss isn’t just an ear issue; it’s a quality of life and health issue. Untreated hearing loss can have serious and wide-ranging consequences:

• Increased mental fatigue/stress

• Poor memory

• Difficulty with attention focusing

• Social withdrawal

• Poor job performance

• Inability to hear sounds signaling hazards

Hearing aids can lessen the cognitive load on your brain as well as help improve feelings of isolation and depression.

Why get it checked out?

A significant benefit of early intervention with hearing aids is recognized with eight out of ten hearing aid users saying they’re satisfied with changes in their lives specifically due to their hearing aids. If that is not reason enough, it is found that those who use hearing aids reduced the risk of income loss dramatically – 90 to 100 percent for those with mild hearing loss, and from 65 to 77 percent for those whose hearing loss was severe to moderate.

What can you do?

If you suspect you or a loved one is suffering from any of the issues listed in this article, schedule both a hearing evaluation with a trained professional and a physical exam with your doctor.

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