Hearing loss is not the exclusive domain of the elderly and retired. People who hold down a job can have it as well, and any job that requires listening can be affected. Please consider the following example.
I recently had a water supply leak at the house. The only way we knew there was a leak was the very soft sound of running water behind a wall. We made sure everything was off and checked the meter at the street and sure enough, it was moving. There was no evidence of water damage to the structure.
I called a plumber to assess the problem. He couldn’t hear the leak but he confirmed it at the meter. Another plumber who was called in by the first guy couldn’t hear it either. Still, they assured me they would find the source of the leak. I left to take care of clients and returned to find three gaping holes in a block wall in the crawl space and the slab jack-hammered in the bathroom next to the crawl space. They assured me they were hot on the trail. At this point I couldn’t do much but let them finish.
They eventually found and fixed the leak and patched the floor and repaired the wall. The leak was in the slab under the water heater. I wonder whether the process would have been less hit and miss if they could hear better. On the plus side, they found and fixed a drain leak we didn’t know about and we get to put a new floor in the bathroom and laundry area. One of them said he was thinking about getting his hearing “fixed.” I’d be glad to help.
Is hearing loss affecting your job performance? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you live in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.