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How Better Hearing Can Help Your Career
If you have hearing loss, you’ll know that it can negatively affect your life in a variety of different ways. Hearing loss could affect your relationships, your general comfort levels, your safety and much more. But did you realize that it can also affect your career prospects? And by speaking to a hearing instrument specialist about the possible solutions to your hearing loss, your better hearing can help your career? It might seem like a strange idea, but it’s entirely true.
When you have your hearing loss treated by an expert, you can reduce the chances of having any income loss due to hearing loss, for example, something that can often happen when hearing loss goes untreated. Read on to discover some of the ways in which better hearing can improve your career.
Better Workplace Communication
Communication in the workplace is one of the most important things any colleague can have or expect from another. In some cases, depending on the type of work you do, good communication could even be a matter of life and death. At the very least, it makes your working life – and the working life of those around you – much better.
If you find you’re currently having to ask for instructions to be repeated or that you sometimes misunderstand what has been said, and perhaps you’re pretending to hear when you actually can’t, then it’s best to see a hearing instrument specialist for advice. If you can’t communicate with your team, your job will become much harder than it needs to be, and you might find yourself making mistakes. When you have hearing loss and choose to see a hearing instrument specialist, the result is that you will hear better thanks to their treatment and you’ll be much more productive at work.
You’re A Problem Solver
So, you have hearing loss. What’s the next step? Will you just live with it and do nothing, hoping it will go away on its own? Or will you seek professional help and talk to an expert about what you can do to improve your hearing and prevent any additional hearing loss from occurring?
Although the first option might be tempting because it’s easier, it will only cause you problems at work as your hearing loss grows more pronounced, but it will show that you don’t think long-term or consider how to solve problems. When you do something about your hearing loss, you are immediately showing your employers that you are proactive and can deal with any issues that come your way.
It Improves Your Confidence
When you have hearing loss, it can affect your confidence levels. You might be less sure about joining in with debates and speaking up in meetings because you can never be sure if you’ve heard the question correctly or whether someone else has already made your point and you missed it. Plus, having a friendly discussion with your colleagues can be difficult, so you may keep yourself to yourself, meaning your confidence levels drop even further.
Better hearing will prevent these issues. Once you have spoken to a hearing instrument specialist and determined what you need to improve your hearing, you will have a lot more confidence and involve yourself in all aspects of your career that you might have shied away from before.
You’ll Be Up to Date with Technology
In the past, hearing aids were bulky, uncomfortable things that people only wore because there was no other option, and even then, they were unable to wear them at all times. Today this has changed a lot, and as well as being much more comfortable, offering wearers the chance to have them in all day, they are also perfectly designed to connect with most of the modern technology you have around the house or the office.
You can use these modern tools within your workplace environment, showing that you are entirely up to date and in touch with how today’s technology works.
Keeps Your Earning Potential High
Clearly, if you are less confident or unable to work productively due to hearing loss, your earning potential will be limited. So, when you have better hearing, your potential earnings should be much higher.
Of course, this will depend on your quality of work, the career you have chosen, and much more – you won’t automatically qualify for a hefty raise. However, the good news is you can give yourself a chance to do more when you wear a hearing aid for better hearing.
If you’re concerned about your hearing loss and how it might be affecting your work, please don’t hesitate to contact us at the Center for Better Hearing at 510-768-7091.