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Is Untreated Hearing Loss Really Worth Gambling Your Career?
Posted by William A. Kent, BC-HIS on January 01, 2015
One out of ten full-time employees has a diagnosed hearing loss and another 30 percent suspect they might have a problem but have not received treatment. That means almost half of all full-time employees are experiencing either treated or untreated of hearing loss in the workplace.
Hearing loss could be a result of conditions at home, at work or a combination of both. As you may know, employees are staying at their jobs longer, making the likelihood of an age-related hearing loss greater in the workplace. In addition, industry jobs that have employees working near loud machines and motors also increase the chance for hearing loss. Regardless of how your hearing loss was attained, good communication is extremely important at work and you can’t deliver your best work if you have trouble hearing in meetings, on the phone or in general conversations. In fact, studies show that untreated workplace hearing loss leads to fatigue and distress, increased sick leave, disengagement from work and even a loss of income of up to $30,000 a year according to a national Better Hearing Institute study! You simply can’t give 100 percent at work with an untreated hearing loss.
Luckily, getting a hearing evaluation and finding a hearing solution that fits your personal and professional lifestyle can dispel most negative effects at work. With hearing aid technology, you can re-engage with those important conversations and be a valued part of the team again. If you would like to receive a hearing evaluation or have questions about your undiagnosed hearing loss, please call or email us. We’re always happy to help in anyway possible.