People are staying in the workforce longer. And research suggest that we’re seeing an increase in adult hearing loss at younger ages, particularly among those in their 20’s and 30’s. In fact, more than 10 percent of full-time employees have a diagnosed hearing problem, and another 30 percent suspect they have a problem but have not sought treatment.Employees who suspect they have a hearing problem but have not sought treatment say they believe their untreated hearing loss impacts them on the job. From asking people to repeat what they have said , to misunderstanding what is being said , to even pretending to hear when they can’t . The burden that comes with leaving hearing loss unaddressed weighs heavily on the worker. Today, many employers offer wellness promotion initiatives by including hearing tests and hearing health information in workplace wellness programs—as well as including hearing aids as an employee benefit—employers encourage workers to treat hearing loss rather than hide it. Not only does this help the worker, but it creates a work environment where employer and employee can team up to ensure that a worker’s hearing difficulty does not interfere with job performance, productivity, safety, quality of life, morale, opportunities, or success in the workplace. In today’s rapidly changing business landscape, where organisations are coming to rely more heavily on maturing workers who have valuable experience and expertise, and at a time when we seem to be seeing an increase in adult hearing loss at younger ages, this employer-employee partnership is critical for bottom-line success. By empowering workers with information on hearing health and options for addressing hearing loss, they can become more informed healthcare consumers and more productive, satisfied employees. People who currently wear hearing aids say it helps their overall ability to communicate effectively in most situations and has had a positive impact on their relationships at work. Brushing off hearing loss can limit our ability to communicate effectively and can negatively—and unnecessarily—affect productivity, job performance, and earnings; lead to fatigue and distress; restrict interpersonal interactions; make it difficult to receive and interpret auditory information from computers, machines, and individuals; pose a risk to our ability to hear sounds that signal hazards in the work environment; increase sick leave and disengagement from work; and diminish overall quality of life.Research shows that hearing loss is linked to depression, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, dementia, cognitive decline, moderate chronic kidney disease, sleep apnea, and the risk of falling and hospitalisation. Today’s hearing aids make it easier to hear sounds and people from all directions and filter out noise. Many sit discreetly and comfortably inside the ear canal and out of sight; and many are wireless, so they can interface easily with other high-tech devices like smartphones, conference-room speaker phones and hearing loops. Some are even waterproof, and others are rechargeable. The bottom line? As many as 91 percent of owners of the newest hearing aids—those purchased in the last year—are satisfied with their hearing aids, and 90 percent of people who purchased their hearing aid within the last four years say they’d recommend a hearing aid to a friend or family member, according to BHI research.