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