Fortunately, when it is addressed, hearing loss is largely manageable. The vast majority of people with hearing loss can benefit from hearing aids. 8 out of 10 hearing aid users say they’re satisfied with the changes that have occurred in their lives specifically due to their hearing aids.
Of course, those changes affect not only their personal lives but their work lives as well.
A national Better Hearing Institute study found that the use of hearing aids reduced the risk of income loss dramatically for people with hearing loss.
- People with milder hearing loss had a 90% to 100% risk improvement.
- People with moderate to severe hearing loss had a 65% to 77% improvement.
The study also found that people with severe hearing loss who do use hearing aids are nearly twice as likely to be employed as their peers who don’t use hearing aids.
As a business owner, employer, or manager, what does this mean for you? To retain your valued employees and help keep them safe and successful on the job, think about ways to incorporate hearing wellness in the workplace.
If like most U.S. employers your organization has a wellness program, you can offer your employees hearing tests and hearing health information. You can also include hearing aids as an employee benefit.
These steps encourage workers to treat hearing loss rather than hide it or create workarounds. Not only does this help the individual’s quality of life, it also creates a work environment where you and your employees can team up to ensure that hearing loss does not interfere with job performance, productivity, safety, morale, or opportunities in the workplace.
The cost of training new employees is one of the steepest business costs. In today’s rapidly changing business landscape, many organizations have realized the value of maturing workers who have experience and expertise. Retaining them is essential for success. Helping your employees to extend their careers by managing hearing loss is one effective step you can take.
As a business leader, you also know how important communication and interpersonal skills are for a successful workplace. Helping employees to manage hearing loss can be critical to maintaining good workplace relations and excellent client and customer service.
Hearing loss may have other hidden costs for your business. Depression affects many people with hearing loss, for example. That has not only personal costs for the individual but bottom-line healthcare costs for your organization. Safety problems can lead to increased worker’s compensation and insurance claims.
You know the importance of avoiding discrimination in the workplace. Addressing hearing loss directly as a workplace issue focuses on solutions and helps create a partnership between you and your employees on the issue.
Helping your employees manage hearing loss just makes sense. And it may remind you to get your own hearing checked, too!
For a step-by-step breakdown of what to expect, ask, and look for when visiting a hearing healthcare professional and purchasing a hearing aid, download “Your Guide to Buying Hearing Aids” at www.BetterHearing.org or http://ow.ly/xvlow.
For information and resources on workplace wellness, along with information on National Employee Wellness Month, visit www.NationalEmployeeWellnessMonth.com.
If you have more questions or feel you may need your hearing checked, please call Hearing Consultants at 513.489.3300.