Most people with hearing loss are still on the job. In fact, more than 20 million Americans with hearing loss are in the workforce. As more people put off retirement and choose to stay actively employed, those numbers are sure to go up even further. But those who address their hearing loss enjoy greater success. In fact, many employers include hearing health as part of their workplace wellness programs and encourage their employees to get their hearing tested.
When people with even mild hearing loss use hearing aids, they:
- improve their job performance,
- enhance their communication skills,
- increase their earning potential,
- improve their professional and interpersonal relationships,
- stave off depression,
- gain an enhanced sense of control over their lives, and
- better their quality of life.
Studies show that when people with hearing loss use hearing aids, they do better financially. Research also shows that hearing loss treatment reduces discrimination toward the person with the hearing loss.
So don’t be afraid to be honest about your hearing loss. You’re not alone. You can effectively manage it. Go ahead. Put your best foot forward. Start the journey to addressing your hearing loss—and reach your potential.