Researchers at the Better Hearing Institute wanted to understand “the relationship between treated and untreated hearing loss and income compared to normal-hearing households.” They hoped to determine if people with hearing loss were more likely to be unemployed, as well as answer other income- and employment-related questions.
So they conducted a survey.
They found that people with normal hearing and people with hearing loss who wore hearing aids had a similar unemployment rate at 7.8 and 8.3 percent respectively, but that the unemployment rate of those with hearing loss who didn’t wear hearing aids was nearly double, at 15.6 percent.
While the study didn’t get to the exact reasons behind the disparity, its authors speculated that both safety concerns and the need for effective and proficient communication in the workforce played roles.
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