Survey shows untreated hearing loss may reduce quality of life

Although you may not think of it in these terms, hearing loss can dramatically affect a person’s quality of life. In a 2007 survey conducted by the National Family Opinion panel, families reported that hearing loss resulted in up to $12,000 of decreased income, depending on the severity of the hearing loss. Much of this discrepancy, according to the Better Hearing Institute, is the result of miscommunication on the job. Most jobs require strong verbal communications skills in order to interact with customers, work with colleagues or bring in new clients.

In cases of people with hearing loss, it is often difficult to perform at the required level without a hearing-aid instrument. As a result, many untreated hearing-impaired employees face the risk of making a mistake on the job and consequentially become anxious or self-conscious in their daily tasks. Unfortunately, many people wait until retirement to seek help; they worry others will judge them for wearing a hearing aid or using other helpful instruments. In that case, according to the Better Hearing Institute, a worker with untreated hearing loss may be negatively impacted for “the rest of his or her life in the form of lost wages, lost promotions, lost opportunities and unrealized dreams, not to mention lower income in their retirement.” The good news is that this does not have to be true. In fact, the study showed that the use of hearing instruments mitigated the effects of hearing loss by a full 50 percent.

For this reason, it is critically important that people who have difficulty hearing seek out the help of an audiologist. You can find one with the help of True Dental Discounts at little cost to you. He or she will help you identify your individual hearing needs at work and home and start you on a path to a more relaxed and successful life. Why wait?

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