October 17, 2018 Hearing Loss
Once upon a time, before people knew any better, it was thought that hearing loss was simply part of growing older – something not worth doing much about. It turns out, that is wrong. Although hearing loss is common as we get older, it should not be considered a normal part of aging. Hearing loss is a much bigger deal than we ever imagined, and we need to take it seriously. As one of the most common chronic health conditions in the United States today (the third most common physical condition after arthritis and heart disease), hearing loss affects baby boomers, Generation Xers and every other age group, and, when left unaddressed, hearing loss affects just about every aspect of a person’s life.
It’s no secret that hearing loss can lead to a decreased quality of life. But what many people don’t realize, however, is that unaddressed hearing loss can also negatively affect job performance and decrease potential earnings.
A study conducted by the Better Hearing Institute discovered that untreated hearing loss can have significant financial consequences. According to their study, people with untreated hearing loss can lose as much as $30,000 a year, depending on their degree of hearing loss.
Untreated hearing loss affects earnings by limiting one’s ability to communicate with colleagues effectively, whether in person, on the phone or in meetings. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for people with untreated hearing loss to feel ostracized and ignored by colleagues who do not understand what they are going through.
Fortunately, when addressed, hearing loss is largely manageable. And the vast majority of people with hearing loss can benefit from hearing aids. In fact, eight out of ten hearing aid users say they’re satisfied with the changes that have occurred in their lives specifically due to their hearing aids. The national BHI study, in fact, found that the use of hearing aids reduced the risk of income loss dramatically—by 90 to 100 percent for those with milder hearing loss, and from 65 to 77 percent for those whose hearing loss was severe to moderate. The study also found that people with severe hearing loss who do use hearing aids are nearly twice as likely to be employed as their peers who do not use them.
If you suspect that you have hearing loss, and wondering if it could be affecting your performance at work, call us today and schedule a hearing test at (714) 731-6549. Not sure? Ask yourself these questions:
- Do people seem to mumble or speak in softer voices than they used to?
- Do you feel tired or irritable after a long conversation?
- Do you sometimes miss key words in a sentence or frequently need to ask people to repeat themselves?
- When you are in a group or in a crowded restaurant, is it difficult for you to follow the conversation?
- Do you often need to turn up the volume on your television or radio?
- Do you find it difficult to hear the doorbell or the telephone ring?
- Do you find it difficult to pinpoint where an object is from the noise it makes (e.g., an alarm clock or a telephone)?
- Has someone close to you mentioned you might have a problem with your hearing?
If you answered “yes” to two or more of the questions above, you are probably due for a hearing test. Call us today! We can help!