Hearing health & wellness
Your overall health and well-being can be directly linked to hearing health.
Human Resources 7 Main Goals
How does hearing health affect the achievement of these goals? In a study in 2015 by entitled “Hearing of America”, the Center for Disease Control” (CDC), reveals hearing loss reduces employee work performance by as much as 50%. What if you could address this health impairment with an affordable, convenient, and dependable VHS hearing aid following a free, private online screening?
Hearing Loss is the most commonly reported workplace injury
Hearing loss affects approximately 360 million people worldwide. It can be caused by a variety of factors, ranging from a perforated eardrum or a malformation in the ear to allergies or an ear infection
What employers can do to help prevent hearing impairments in the workplace
Mark Cullen from Stanford University advocates for increased education and awareness for employers. Many employers simply provide hearing protection gear, which is often taken off by employees when they are unsupervised. Cullen also cites solutions such as building noise barriers. While some companies may consider training or barrier construction to be costly, approximately $242 million is spent annually on worker’s compensation claims related to hearing loss. Just as with other safety equipment, employer support for hearing health devices should cost much less than a occupation injury.
Noise-induced hearing loss and who may be affected by it
One of the most common causes of hearing loss is exposure to loud noise, also known as noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). This kind of hearing loss can be caused by either one loud, intense burst of noise or frequent exposure to loud sound over a long period of time. People of all ages are affected with NIHL, particularly now with a combination of continuous earbud use and loud music.
Noise-induced hearing loss in the workplace
A recent article published by USA Today used statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to conclude that hearing loss is actually the most common injury that occurs in the workplace. 22 million Americans a year are exposed to hazardous levels of occupational noise. The industries most negatively affected in this regard are mining, construction and manufacturing.
The efforts to better alert workers to hazardous noise levels and prevent hearing loss
Earlier this summer, the Department of Labor launched a campaign called “Hear and Now”, which challenges the public to submit innovative technology and ideas to target workers and alert them to hazardous workplace noise levels. But some critics question whether current regulations are sufficient. Due to these concerns, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is planning to issue a request for information later this year, which will focus on construction sites. This request is aimed at working out whether higher standards are required and whether companies are adequately complying with the current requirements.
Increased awareness is key – especially in medium-level noisy workplace environments
A study conducted by Mark Cullen of Stanford University, cited in the USA Today, found that people who most often suffer from workplace noise-induced hearing loss are actually those working in moderately noisy jobs as compared with jobs in high-noise environments.
In high-noise environments, people are aware of the risks to their hearing, so they usually wear hearing protection gear. In positions that involve moderate-noise, people are less likely to be aware of the risks posed by continuous exposure to noise and so do not take similar precautions. Another Cullen study showed that if workers are made aware of the risks, they can be relied upon to voluntarily monitor their noise exposures on a daily basis.
Hearing aid styles
There's a hearing solution just right for you.
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Connect directly to your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple Watch via the TruLink Hearing Control app.
Custom fit to each person, invisible hearing aids rest in the second bend of the ear canal, making them virtually undetectable to others. They are designed to be removed daily to promote good ear health.
Barely visible when worn, Receiver-in-Canal hearing aids (RIC) place the receiver (or speaker) inside the ear canal — connected to the power source by thin electrical wires. They provide a comfortable, open fit.
Completely-in-Canal hearing aids (CIC) are custom-made to fit completely in the ear canal. Only the tip of a small plastic “handle” shows outside the canal, which is used to insert and remove the instrument.
Behind-the-Ear hearing aids (BTE) are the world’s most common style, with the hearing technology housed in a casing that rests behind the ear. A clear plastic acoustical tube directs amplified sound into an earbud or a customized earmold that is fitted inside the ear canal.
Featuring patent-pending technology, this comfortable, nearly invisible device is designed to deliver all-day tinnitus relief.
CROS solution that allows you to hear sounds in your weaker hearing ear by way of your healthy ear.
Typically used as a starter device for people who aren’t sure they’re ready for hearing aids, these ready-to-wear hearing amplifiers work well with many levels of hearing loss, but don’t have the advanced features of hearing aids.