Hearing loss significantly affecting work and home life

Hearing loss significantly affecting work and home life


Many do well in the workplace in spite of hearing impairment, but others find that their hearing problems affect their career and earning potential. Still, there seems to be a common Difficulties functioning in the workplace and at home do not only result from severe hearing loss. People with mild or moderate hearing loss also experience problems.

A study conducted among more than 450 Americans aged 41-60 years indicated that: reluctance to undergo hearing tests.

Almost one in four said their hearing loss is affecting their performance in the workplace

One in four said hearing loss is affecting their earning potential. The areas of their work most affected are hearing and understanding phone calls and conversations with co-workers. 40 percent of the individuals who reported having a hearing loss said that it has affected their home life in a variety of ways, including difficulty in having conversations with loved ones. 65 percent said they have trouble hearing the TV. Watching TV with others and social gatherings are the areas that Baby Boomers with hearing loss avoid most.

More than half of those with hearing loss said they often have difficulty hearing on a cell phone.

“Hearing loss is a silent health issue, often overlooked and left unresolved. This survey illustrates how hearing loss is compromising the quality of life for millions across the country, as well as impacting their performance and productivity on the job. Individuals, businesses and the government must become more attuned to the seriousness of hearing loss in our society and the steps they can take to help improve the situation”, said Suzanne Wyatt, executive director of The EAR Foundation. The study titled, ‘Baby Boomer Hearing Loss Study’ was carried out for EAR and Clarity.

Few seek help

Many are reluctant to seek help in spite of their hearing problems. Little more than on third of those suffering from hearing loss reported having had their hearing examined and tested.

“Unlike when someone is losing their vision and they realize they can’t see as well as before, hearing loss can be blamed on others for not speaking clearly or setting the TV volume too low,” said Carsten Trads, president of Clarity, in a press release.