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… (American Health Advantage)