Hearing loss caused by something in your workplace is one of the top reasons for hearing loss among Americans today.
It’s not just limited to one industry. It’s logical that people who work in construction, or mining, or other industrial occupations need to protect their hearing from noise. But, individuals in many other industries should be aware that their jobs may also expose them to hearing hazards as well.
This graphic from the CDC shows over a twenty year period the industries that have shown the most hearing damage and how that’s changed over the years.
As the graphic shows, hearing loss in the workplace can happen anywhere.
Amazingly, healthcare has had similar prevalence as retail and manufacturing. We find that a little surprising!
When proper precaution isn’t taken, it not only hurts the hearing of the workers, but it really costs employers too.
According to osha.gov, twenty-two million workers are exposed to potentially damaging noise at work each year. Last year, U.S. business paid more than $1.5 million in penalties for not protecting workers from noise.
It really is in every employers best interest to maintain a safe environment for their employees.
As a business owner, a happy and healthy staff is a must-have. Abiding by OSHA approved standards for hearing protection and other safety practices is imperative to ensuring so.
So, what should you do if you are experiencing hearing loss?
The first step is to have your hearing evaluated by a professional. They can determine the type and degree of your hearing loss, and assess for what may be causing it. Most importantly, they can make recommendations for the best treatment and management of your hearing issues.
If your hearing care professional suggests hearing aids - it would be wise to pursue them.
Several considerations can be made if pricing is an obstacle to obtaining hearing aids:
- Ask if your hearing center offers a payment plan or works with charitable foundations to help those with demonstrated financial need.
- Check with your employer to see if you qualify for Vocational Rehabilitation. To find what hearing health services are covered and if you qualify, visit your home state website or search the internet for “vocational rehabilitation” and your state name.
- If you are a veteran, check with Veterans Affairs to see if you qualify for assistance.
Not hearing as well as you used to?
Stop in and have a chat with us. The hearing loss you are experiencing just might be treatable, but you can’t know until you determine the underlying causes of diminished hearing.