The Relationship Between OTC Hearing Aids and Salary

Why better hearing is a pathway to unlimited career success

Did you know that nearly 38 million U.S. adults live with at least some hearing loss? That’s almost 15% of the adult population that’s struggling to fully experience the world around them.

For those living hearing-unaided, this can lead to other quality-of-life concerns like:

  • Social isolation
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Reduced mobility
  • Increased fall risk
  • And even dementia!

But the problems don’t stop there. As it turns out, living with hearing loss can also impact your career.


The Link Between Hearing Loss and Career Success

One 2012 study found that hearing-impaired individuals are far more likely to suffer collateral damage in their careers.

On average, those with hearing loss were 2-3 times as likely to be unemployed or only partially employed. Those who did work saw their salaries suffer: generally, people with hearing impairments earn 25% less than comparable colleagues.

A second study from 2016 supported findings that hearing loss and economic hardship go hand in hand. Aside from lower educational attainment, impaired hearing was strongly linked to chronic unemployment, underemployment, and low salaries.

The reason behind diminished opportunities: When you get lost navigating the auditory soup around you, communication and productivity decline while mistakes increase. These realities mean that many competent, hearing-impaired workers are ignored for career advancements – or even fired outright.


How OTC Hearing Aids Can Boost Your Career

Surveys show that 80-90% of hearing aid users report their devices improve job performance. Reclaiming your ears means you can participate in conversation, increase situational awareness, and prevent awkward social faux pas at the water cooler.


Increase Your Earning Potential

Let’s start with the obvious: If untreated hearing loss impacts earnings and employability, OTC hearing aids can swing you the other way. Keeping in the loop with bosses, colleagues, and clients reunites your abilities with your earning potential.

Who says that the days of chasing raises are behind you?


You’re More Likely to Communicate

Hearing loss can decrease your desire to engage in conversation because you “won’t be able to hear anyway.” Not only will you miss valuable instructions, but essential chances to network and socialize, too.  

If that sounds like you, we’ve got an important memo: Your glory days aren’t over yet! Hearing loss keeps you in a bubble of stifled advancement. But OTC hearing aids can help you claw back conversations – and opportunities – passing you by.


Decreased Cognitive Load

It’s no surprise that untreated hearing loss also weighs on your brain. Every syllable requires extra energy to identify, process, and respond to just to keep up. Left alone, hearing loss can lead to concentration and memory problems, decreased productivity, and mental exhaustion.

Fortunately, research shows you can improve your cognitive capacities just by introducing hearing aids to your daily routine.  


Increased Confidence

An inability to communicate in the workplace can harm your confidence and perception of self, especially when the quality of your work slips. With an OTC hearing aid, you can enjoy a more positive outlook, improve your confidence – and outshine your peers once more.


Don’t Let Hearing Loss Tank Your Career

You don’t have to let age and hearing loss boss you around. You have a lifetime of experience behind you – and a fulfilling pursuit of personal growth and happiness yet ahead.

HearYou’s OTC hearing aids can help you get there. Our over-the-counter hearing aids are cheaper to get than expensive prescription aids. Pair that with more choices and less hassle, and you’re on your way to enjoying – and hearing – the adventures yet to come.

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