The Cost of Untreated Hearing Loss

When it comes to hearing loss, it turns out there is a lot more at stake than just a few missed conversations.

Whatever the reason, the avoidance of seeking help and treatment comes at a tremendous cost. Employers should be all ears when it comes to the impact of untreated hearing loss on the job. More than one-third of employees suspect a hearing problem but have not sought treatment. Almost all admit that their untreated hearing loss impacts them at work.

Sadly, untreated hearing loss often results in much more than diminished earning potential, missed social opportunities including a feeling of being disconnected from friends and family. These experiences can lead to withdrawal and isolation of the affected and can lead to resentment and frustration for all. There is a stigma associated with hearing loss contributing to the feelings of frustration and inadequacy; inappropriate responses to questions or requests to have things repeated can lead to the perception that those with hearing loss are slow or even senile when nothing could be further from the truth. Over time, a person with hearing loss can begin to internalize these perceptions and believe them.

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.

Support in treatment of hearing loss is imperative. Take the First Step if you suffer from untreated hearing loss, or if you are uncertain about the status of your hearing, make an appointment to have your hearing tested by an audiologist. An audiologist is a health care professional who can evaluate your hearing, provide you with the facts about hearing loss and hearing aids, and design a treatment plan specifically tailored to meet your communication needs. There are many simple ways to repair your hearing.