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Hearing loss is one of the most common disabilities in Denmark, according to a study from the Danish Institute for Social Research.

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Hearing impairment is most prevalent among the elderly, but in Denmark the affliction is so widespread that it affects one Dane out of 10 in the work place.

The level of work satisfaction is as high among the hearing impaired as it is among the general population. But according to the study, hearing impaired people more often suffer from mental or physical strain from their jobs. They expend more energy keeping up with the demands from their work and more than others in the work place they are subjected to being bullied or teased.

Even when wearing hearing aids, engaging in conversation is difficult in work environments with background noise and hearing impaired employees often must concentrate harder on their tasks than their colleagues. This, in turn, increases their susceptibility to burn-out and early retirement, adding furthers pressures to a group that also suffers twice the unemployment rate as the rest of society.

According to the report, 800.000 Danes in a population of 5.5 million suffer from hearing loss to such a degree that they have trouble communicating with more than one person at a time.

Source: Jyllands-Posten, 13. februar 2003.

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