Addressing Hearing Loss on the Job Should be a Workplace Wellness Priority
Hearing health affects many aspects of an individual’s wellbeing and is linked to several health conditions. The earlier hearing loss gets treated the better. Fortunately, hearing aids, as well as other appropriate treatments and workplace accommodations, can often help individuals function optimally on the job and enjoy a better quality of life.
Almost all (95%) of 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 in at least one way, the “Listen Hear!” survey by EPIC Hearing Healthcare found. From asking people to repeat what they have said (61%), to misunderstanding what is being said (42%), to even pretending to hear when they can’t (40%), the burden that comes with leaving hearing loss unaddressed weighs heavily on America’s workers. http://ow.ly/Nlq5F
In the average workplace, at least 2 of these people didn't fully understand what was said.
Today, about half of U.S. employers offer wellness promotion initiatives, according to the RAND Workplace Wellness Programs Study. 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 organizations 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. BHI believes that empowering America’s workers with information on hearing health and options for addressing hearing loss, they can become more informed healthcare consumers and more productive, satisfied employees.
5 Sound Reasons for Employers to Promote Hearing Health
For more information on Employee Wellbeing Month, visit www.employeewellbeingmonth.com. For more information on hearing loss and to take the BHI Hearing Check, visit www.BetterHearing.org. Follow BHI on Twitter @Better_Hearing.
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