No matter your profession, the age of people staying in the workplace is increasing. According to the National Institutes on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, there are about 36 million American adults with hearing loss and of those 26 million are under the age of retirement. To maximize their productivity and continue working, adults will need to take control of their health. While a person’s listening skills are often overlooked, it is one of the most important skills for employment success, according to the United States Department of Labor Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS).
Good listening skills can increase productivity, and improve communication and relationships with customers, co-workers and management. Good listening skills depend on your hearing. All workers, regardless of age or profession, should have their hearing checked routinely. If a hearing loss is detected there are many treatment options available. Employees who overcome their hearing loss with aids or other devices are more likely to be employed, get promoted, reduce their chance for a loss of income, improve their relationships with others and improve their overall quality of health, according to the Better Hearing Institute.
Increase your workplace success by getting your hearing checked regularly.