Should You Tell Your Boss You’re Hard of Hearing?
Feb 18, 2016
Hearing loss is a stealth problem on the job, draining productivity and creating stress for millions of workers. Some would rather not admit their struggles to themselves, much less to their employers.
Only about 20% of people who would benefit from a hearing aid actually use one, according to the National Institutes of Health. While hearing loss afflicts all ages, boomers represent the biggest demographic of sufferers, with one in six affected, according to the Better Hearing Institute. “The really undiscussed, untreated aspect of hearing loss in America is the boomers,” said Carole Rogin, president of the Hearing Industries Association, a Washington, D.C.-based organization of hearing aid makers, which supports the Better Hearing Institute as its educational arm.