Hearing loss among workers is more common than one might think. A survey in the U.S. has uncovered that more than one in four employees suspect that they have hearing loss. Of those, 95% respond that it impacts their work in a wide range of ways.
According to the survey, 61% of the employees with hearing loss reply that they have to ask people to repeat what they have said. 42% say they misunderstand what is being said and 41% respond that they pretend to hear when they cannot.
More than productivity
It is not just the workers’ level of productivity that is affected by untreated hearing loss. Poor hearing also affects the health and well-being of the employees by causing anxiety, stress and in some cases even contributes to depression.
Furthermore, hearing loss can be linked to household income. Research from the Better Hearing Institute in the U.S. reports that individuals lose approximately $1,000 in annual house hold income for every 10% of hearing loss.
Unfortunately, hard of hearing people are often unaware of how hearing treatment has the potential to improve their lives, according to Better Hearing Institute. When hearing loss is untreated, people tend to do things, that can worsen the problem e.g. turn up the sound on the television.
Hearing aids can help
The survey showed that less than a quarter of employees have had their hearing checked in the past two years, while only one in five people who would benefit from the use of a hearing aid actually wears one, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.
Early intervention can improve the quality life of people with poor hearing. By using fitted hearing aids to restore hearing, a person can avoid altered lifestyles.
If you suspect that you might have a hearing loss, a hearing test is strongly advised.
Read the survey.