There are multiple ways hearing loss can affects your employment. Day to day impact can include misinformation, trouble communicating and incomplete tasks. But studies have shown hearing loss can have long term consequences on employment status.
Adults with hearing loss are more likely to have lower education, lower income and higher unemployment than those of their normal hearing peers. Untreated hearing loss can also cause a decrease in annual income significantly.
It is important to be an advocate for yourself and request accommodations to help with your hearing loss. Some of these accommodations can include specific seating arrangements, assistive listening devices, amplified telephones, and workplace trainings. There are services in place through the Office of Vocation Rehabilitation (OVR) to help those with hearing loss in the workplace.
To talk to one of our Audiologists about what is available to you for improving your hearing health on the job, just give us a call at (814) 941-7770.
Jenessa Stiles, Au.D.