How Hearing Loss Affects You Professionally


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Losing your sense of hearing is going to be a big problem, both personally and professionally. You'll know you have hearing problems if you often ask people to repeat what they say. Or you cannot hear the doorbell or the telephone any longer. It is also apparent if others complain that you play the radio or the TV too loudly.

Hearing can definitely affect your personal life because the way you communicate with your family and friends is going to be harder. It goes with your professional career too. Especially if you have the need to converse every time you do your job.

To give you a better overview of how the loss of hearing affects you professionally, here is a list of the most common things. The aim here is to let you know that this problem has to be addressed as soon as possible if you want to continue in your career.

1. If you have hearing loss, you will experience difficulty understanding company presentations. A person with hearing problems will find it hard to comprehend what has gone on in a meeting or a presentation. You might have a good idea of what was talked about, but you might have missed some important details.

2. If you have hearing loss, you cannot lead a meeting yourself. Hearing loss will be a problem if you preside an assembly. More often than not, your tendency is to keep talking even if somebody is trying to interrupt you. It is because you hear yourself more than you hear others talk. And, more importantly, you might not give the correct answers to the questions presented to you because you were not able to figure out what exactly the person is trying to say.

3. If you have hearing problems, you won't do well in your regular evaluation. Performance evaluation could differ from one company to another. Some companies do regular interviews with their employees, even on an informal basis. And this will definitely add to your assessment. A person with hearing loss may not perform well in an interview because he might continually ask his interviewee to repeat the questions.

4. If you have hearing loss, you might not be promoted. Although this is discriminatory and could be illegal, if the company feels you are not competent enough to head a department because you have a problem with your hearing and are not doing anything about it, they could put your name at the bottom of the most eligible persons list.

5. If you have hearing loss, your overall performance is going to be affected. You may not perform well in your job in general. For one thing, you will not be able to follow instructions correctly because you were not able to fully understand what your superior would like you to do. The result, you will be redoing tasks because you did not understand the work before beginning.

6. If you have hearing loss, you might even lose your job entirely. If it has been apparent to the company that you have problems with hearing and it directly affects your job and performance, at first they might offer you some medication for it, as required by law. But if that still does not work, you might be given a temporary leave of absence, with their approval valid until after you are completely healed. And if you still continue with the problem for some reason, the company might offer you an early retirement instead.

These are just a few examples of the negative impact undiagnosed hearing loss can have on your career. So as a piece of advice, at the first signs of hearing loss, consult a physician right away. You do not want to worsen the situation that could eventually lead to these instances if you do not deal with your hearing problem accordingly.

If you don’t, you might just lose the career you have worked so hard to achieve.

What are Ear & hearing loss problems ?
Your ear is divided into three major components: the inner ear, the middle ear, and the outer ear. The outer ear is what is physically seen in our bodies. The ear canal is the path where the sound waves pass through.

It is also seen from the outside. The ear canal acts like a funnel catching the sound waves and lead them to the eardrum.

The middle ear is where the eardrum is located. It is actually a small space inside the ear filled with air. In the middle ear, there are three tiny bones. Collectively, they are called the ossicles.

Individually, there are the hammer, the anvil, and the stirrup. From the outer ear, sound is directed to the eardrum. Now on the eardrum, these bones move in tune with the sound that passes on the vibration toward a much smaller part of the ear, the cochlea.

The cochlea is already part of the inner ear. It has fluid in it, which, in turn, moves the hairs on the outside of the cells. Several of these hair cells create an electrical impulse that is send with the auditory nerve directly to the brain.
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