Summer is in full swing and it’s time to get back into the swing of being active, healthy, and alive – which includes your hearing!
The Better Hearing Institute (BHI) is reaching out to employers about hearing healthcare and is offering a free and confidential online hearing check on the BHI website to help workers determine whether or not they should seek out a hearing healthcare professional to get a comprehensive hearing test.
Hearing health is tied to several aspects of employee wellbeing and should be on the front-of-mind to EVERY employer, especially to those who have a corporate wellness initiative and/or health management program. The earlier the hearing loss is detected and treated, the better of the patient will be. Hearing aids, along with other appropriate treatments and workplace accommodations, can help individuals function better while on the job and more importantly, enjoy a better quality of life.
95% of employees who suspect they suffer from hearing loss and have not sought out treatment reported to the “Listen Hear!” survey by EPIC Hearing Healthcare that they feel their problem impacts their job in at least one way.
These workplace hearing loss impacts include:
- asking people to repeat what they have said (61%)
- misunderstanding what is being said (42%)
- pretending to hear when they can’t (40%)
Leaving hearing loss unaddressed weighs heavily on both an individual’s personal and professional life.
According to the RAND Workplace Wellness Programs Study, over half of United States employers offer wellness programs and initiatives. By sponsoring and including hearing tests and hearing healthcare information into their current wellness program, employers will encourage workers to treat hearing loss rather than hide it. This will not only improve the workers wellbeing, but will ensure that the worker’s hearing issues doesn’t interfere with his job performance, productivity, safety, quality of life, morale, opportunities, or success in the workplace.
We need to band together to encourage businesses to include on-site hearing tests to employees!
5 Reasons Employers Should Promote Hearing Healthcare
1) Several people with hearing loss are in the workforce.
According to EPIC’s “Listen Hear!” survey, more than 10% of employees who work full-time have a diagnosed hearing problem. What’s worse is that 30% of employees suspect they have a problem, but have not sought out the proper treatment.
2) Treating hearing loss can enhance employee performance.
According to BHI research, employees in the workforce who use a hearing-assistant device (hearing aid) say it has helped their performance on the job and helps them communicate effectively, building stronger relationships at work.
3) Leaving hearing loss unaddressed doesn’t pay.
Brushing off hearing loss can limit our ability to communicate effectively and can negatively—and unnecessarily—affect job performance and productivity.
Other impacts include:
- fatigue and distress
- restricted interpersonal interactions
- difficulty receiving and interpreting auditory information from computers & machines
- not hearing sounds that signal hazards in the work environment
- increased sick leave
4) Hearing loss is tied to other health conditions.
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 hospitalization.
5) Today’s hearing aids are better than ever.
Today’s state-of-the-art hearing aids make it easier to hear sounds and people from all directions and even filter out unnecessary noise. They sit comfortably and discreetly inside the ear canal and out of sight. There are even wireless ones that work well with devices such as smartphones and conference speaker phones. Some are even waterproof, and others are rechargeable.
What’s the bottom line?
According to BHI research, 91% of owners of hearing aids purchased within the last year are satisfied with their hearing aids and 90% of people who purchased their hearing aid within the last 4 years say they would recommend a hearing aid to a friend or family member.
When was the last time you had your hearing checked?
If you can’t remember the last time you had your hearing checked or the answer is “never,” you should get a hearing test! First that this quick, self-hearing test. If your results point toward hearing impairment, maybe it’s time to take the first step to better hearing.