Anyone who has any degree of hearing loss deals with a number of unknown issues and faces many difficulties when it comes to finding a job or being successful in their current one.
It has long been recognised that a hearing loss can have a pervasive and profound impact on the lives of both the affected individual and their family. In addition to making communication more challenging, a hearing loss can also impact human conditions such as mental, emotional and physical well being, social skills, self-esteem, family relationships, as well as work and school performance.
Whether it happens suddenly or gradually over time, untreated hearing loss can have a profound effect on your working life. It may become harder to take part in work meetings or hear your colleagues in noisy social situations.
But the good news is, there are proven and effective treatments for hearing loss. By taking action, you can improve not just your hearing but also your confidence and enjoyment at work and across your life.
Why is it important to get your hearing checked regularly?
- Prevent income loss. When hearing problems progress, much more is lost than just the ability to hear. A study by Sergei Kochkin, Ph.D. shows that individuals with hearing loss who don’t utilise a hearing loss solution are generally paid less. The good news is that successful treatment of hearing loss with hearing aids is associated with greater earning power and increased household income.
- Diagnose medical conditions. A comprehensive hearing test will show how well you hear but also reveals the overall health of your ears. Things like earwax buildup, abnormal growths, and infections can increase your risk of hearing loss. If these issues are found early and treated, you will be less likely to develop any permanent hearing loss as a result. A baseline hearing exam is very helpful in monitoring any changes in hearing or ear health over time.
- Early treatment can help prevent future issues. In recent years, research has shown that untreated hearing loss has been linked to an increased likelihood of dementia, and decreases in cognitive function and work efficiency. Discovering and treating hearing loss sooner rather than later can ultimately improve your overall health and performance in the workplace.
The sooner you understand if you have hearing difficulties, the sooner you can take action and find the right solution for you. The sooner you find that solution, the less time you’ll spend isolated, disconnected, and at risk of losing your job. Annual hearing exams can give you peace of mind that you’re doing everything you possibly can to take care of your hearing health and maintain your quality of life.
Whether you think you might have hearing loss or if you just need an annual hearing test, take the first step today: call our Principal audiologist, Karen at 1300 060 455 to schedule an appointment or click here!