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Dr. Ellen Finkelstein - Hearing Loss Can Affect Earnings

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What's Your Bottom Line? Hearing loss may be affecting your earning potential.


A survey by the Better Hearing Institute shows that working Americans who ignore their hearing problems are losing at least $100 billion a year in earnings. Even people with mild hearing loss, who may miss a consonant here or there, may lose income if they can’t completely grasp the latest news at the water cooler or a phone message from the boss. “Untreated hearing loss will impact people in many different ways.

What are affects of untreated hearing loss?

It also can impact the person economically and by limiting their income potential over time,

The average amount of income lost by working people who don’t get hearing aids ranges from an estimated $1,000 a year – for those with mild hearing loss – to an average of $12,000 a year for those with profound hearing loss. However, on average, the income decline due to hearing loss can be cut in half by wearing hearing aids, the research revealed.