Details for Economic Impact of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss doesn’t have to cost you your job or financial security.

In 2010, an estimated 16 million people with hearing loss were employed in the United States. Across the board, these workers received less pay and were more likely to be laid off, while those without jobs were more likely to remain unemployed compared to their peers with healthy hearing. With hundreds of millions of people living with uncorrected hearing damage, the lost potential is enormous and expensive—in total, lost wages that result from hearing loss cost the American economy over $150 billion.

If these statistics scare you, they should. Fewer than one in five people who could benefit from hearing aids has ever worn them, and due to under-reporting, it is likely that the number of people with hearing loss worldwide—reportedly 360 million—is much higher than we think. Stigmas about hearing loss, in addition to the negative impact it can have on employment and economic status, often discourage people from seeking treatment at the earliest warning signs.

Never give up

The psychological effects of hearing loss may discourage some from pursuing their life goals. Without treatment, activities that were once routine may begin to feel impossible. Over time, negative thoughts will eat away at your self-confidence and make it difficult to succeed.

Fortunately, this doesn’t have to be the case. There are very few jobs you can’t do once treated with hearing aids, even with severe or profound hearing loss. If treated early and effectively, you may never even have to disclose your hearing loss to an employer.

Today’s hearing aids address all the major flaws of past technology and are crafted to fit comfortably in your ear all day long. Their advanced digital technology can be customized for any lifestyle, and a miniature design makes them almost invisible to others.

Hearing aids are a solution to workplace worries

Considering that 65 percent of those with hearing loss (15 percent of the total U.S. population) are below retirement age, the need for extensive hearing health awareness in the workplace cannot be exaggerated. Fortunately, the use of hearing aids has been linked repeatedly to increases in earnings and productivity. A 2005 study found that 50 percent of money wasted because of hearing loss could be restored with the widespread use of hearing aids.

Siouxland Hearing Healthcare, P.L.C.

712-258-3332

2916 Hamilton Blvd.

Lower C Suite 103

Sioux City, IA

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