20/07/2005

Impact of hearing loss

An extensive Danish survey among 1,600 hearing impaired people aged between 16
and 60 examined the impact of hearing loss at work and in education. The survey
was conducted by the Danish Institute for Social Research in 2003 and resulted
in the following conclusions:


  • People with hearing loss leave the labour market sooner than their
    normal-hearing colleagues. Eighteen percent receive disability pension compared
    with seven percent in the general population.
  • It is harder for hearing impaired people to find work - 7.5 percent are
    unemployed compared to the general 4.8 percent unemployment rate.
  • Hearing loss leads to loss of employment. Eight percent of hearing impaired
    employees are either terminated or choose to resign. 
  • More than one quarter (27 percent) believe that their hearing loss makes it
    hard to find a job - nine percent find it impossible. 
  • Hard of hearing people often feel mentally or physically exhausted at the end
    of the workday. Forty-seven percent say they are mentally exhausted as compared
    to 36 percent in the general population. Fifty-one percent of hearing impaired
    people say they are physically exhausted as compared to 31 percent in the
    general population.
  • Hearing problems at work affect leisure activities, as well. Thirteen percent
    find that they are so drained of energy from their work that they are unable to
    pursue leisure activities.
  • Hearing impaired people who want to pursue an education must make an extra
    effort. Forty percent say they must prepare better than other students in order
    to keep up in the classroom. Eighty percent say they are mentally exhausted
    after a long day in school. 
  • Approximately one half of the hearing impaired students find that fellow
    students are helpful. But only 31 percent believe that their teachers never
    take special steps to make it easier for them to participate in the classroom.

Further Information


AplusA-online.de - Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work