How Hearing Loss Affects Income

You may be supprised to learn that the impact of untreated hearing loss on household income amounts to around $12,000.00 per year. This is the finding in a paper by Sergei Kochkin, Ph.D and published by the Better Hearing Institute. Dr. Kochkin states that “Hearing is a critical sense for effective communication in the work force. Most employment situations require verbal communication in order to effectively engage in commerce and in dealing with the public; effective hearing is also critical to assure safety on the job. Without aided hearing, as this data and the literature shows, the hearing-impaired individual can be expected to suffer losses in compensation due to underemployment, may make mistakes on the job, experience higher rates of unemployment and in general may experience an overall reduction in quality of life (i.e. anxiety, depression, social isolation, social paranoia, medical health, emotional stability, cognitive functioning, etc) which may negatively impact job performance.” Dr. Kochkin went on to state that “The tragedy is that untreated hearing loss impacts the individual and his or her family for the rest of his or her life in the form of lost wages, lost promotions, lost opportunities, and unrealized dreams, not to mention lower income in their retirement". To read the paper by Dr. Kochkin, click here.