What do hearing health screenings have to do with a company’s bottom line? What about the connections to productivity? Is there really a big difference between providing hearing screenings at a doctor’s office and hearing screenings in the comfort of your own home or office?
These are all questions that we take seriously at Virtual Hearing Solutions. As part of our mission to help people hear better, we seek to understand the ways that employers can positively impact their workers’ hearing and hearing health.
Here are several of the things we have learned in our years of working with companies to provide affordable, accessible hearing tests to employees in a wide range of fields.
Hearing loss correlates with lower worker productivity.
Did you know that occupational hearing loss leads to reduced worker productivity? If you are skeptical, consider all of the ways that hearing loss can affect a worker. When a worker who previously had no hearing issues experiences occupational hearing loss, a number of issues can arise, including:
- Workers may have difficulty understanding instructions.
- Instructions may need to be to be repeated multiple times, thus slowing down job performance.
- Misunderstandings may occur between the employees with hearing loss and their coworkers and supervisors.
- Supervisors often perceive those with hearing loss as disinterested or inattentive, when really they are simply not realizing they are being spoken to.
- Mistakes are made by the worker who does not have full sensory awareness of their environment.
- Balance issues can be a result of hearing loss, increasing injuries and accidents.
In short, there are a number of ways that workplaces lose productivity when employees experience occupational hearing loss.
Protecting your workers’ hearing is vitally important to productivity and your bottom line. It is also to your benefit to test your workers’ hearing regularly, especially if you operate in an industry where hearing loss is an occupational risk. Of course, the bottom line is just one reason to protecting your employees’ hearing. Another reason is that it is simply that protecting your workers’ hearing and promoting hearing health is the ethically responsible thing to do.
Virtual Hearing Services tests and protects your workers’ hearing health. We are able to test for and treat hearing loss in an effective way that protects your profits and your employees’ mental and physical health.
Workers stay in positions that offer health benefits.
One of the most important factors in employee satisfaction is health-related benefits.
According to the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), “56 percent of U.S. adults with employer-sponsored health benefits said that whether or not they like their health coverage is a key factor in deciding to stay at their current job.” Additionally, “46 percent said health insurance was either the deciding factor or a positive influence in choosing their current job.”
Hearing health is a part of the big picture of overall health coverage. For many workers, they may not be thinking of hearing screenings and coverage when they are emphasizing the importance of health benefits. But for workers who worry that they are experiencing hearing loss from their jobs, providing hearing screenings free of cost becomes very important, very fast.
Even workers who are not experiencing hearing loss but understand that they run the risk for it are appreciative of routine hearing screenings to check their hearing.
Partnering with VHS means that your workers get effective hearing screenings in the comfort of their own home or office, without having to make an appointment, travel to an office, or pay for the hearing test.
Hearing health education is important to preventing occupational hearing loss.
Worker satisfaction is affected by a number of factors, but providing benefits is important to many workers. Make sure that your workers’ hearing is protected by testing it regularly, creating a baseline, and educating your workers on hearing health.
Do your employees know their risk of experiencing hearing loss due to the workplace? Do they know how to properly protect their hearing from the specific risks of the industry? How do you educate your workers on the best ways to protect their hearing? Do you communicate the importance of regular hearing screenings from a credible hearing test provider?
VHS can provide you with the resources you need to protect your workers’ hearing. We can also help your workers respond to hearing loss through our hearing aids, education, and hearing loss support.
Virtual hearing tests are a great way to screen employees’ hearing.
Our virtual hearing tests are conducted in your employees’ homes or offices. All that is needed is a smart device, headphones, and access to the internet. We look forward to helping you promote hearing health in a way that benefits your workers and prevents productivity loss in your workplace!