25 June 2009

Hearing impaired people often struggle to stay in labour market

Hearing loss makes getting a well paid job harder and increases risk of unemployment, according to Australian data.

Hearing impaired people are 1.4 times more likely to be unemployed than the rest of the population, according to data published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. When employed, hearing impaired people are likely to receive lower pay and lower skills jobs than people with normal hearing.

Those hardest hit among hearing impaired workers are women, higher age groups and those with no education. They are the most likely groups to be left out of or near the bottom of the labour market.

Particularly at risk

The Hearing Research Review noted that the study indicated that hearing impaired people are particularly disadvantaged in the modern knowledge society because of the demand for communication skills and high skills education.

?In addition to a higher risk of unemployment, those with a hearing loss may be more at risk of underemployment ? i.e. under-represented in professional/managerial roles, and over-represented in blue-collar positions,? wrote the Hearing Research Review.

The data for the study was developed as part of the comprehensive 2003 Australian Survey of Disability, Aging and Carers.

Sources: www.informaworld.com; www.researchreview.co.nz 

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