Many employers understand the importance of hearing screenings for their employees.
For some workers, hearing health is simply one small part of the much bigger healthcare picture. For others, it is an essential part of their workplace responsibilities.
Because some industries also create a higher risk of hearing damage for their workers, jobs in those industries should include regular hearing screenings.
Who is at risk of occupation-related hearing loss?
For the following careers, hearing screenings and hearing health exams should be routine:
- Factory workers
- Professional musicians and sound engineers
- Public transportation/subway workers
- Construction workers
- Military personnel
- Miners and heavy equipment operators
- First responders
Continued exposure to sounds that are louder than 85 decibels can cause noise-induced hearing loss. How loud is that? According to the CDC, these are the decibel levels of some common sounds:
- Normal breathing: 10 dB
- Ticking watch: 20 db
- Soft whisper: 30 dB
- Refrigerator hum: 40 db
- Normal conversation, air conditioner: 60 dB
- Washing machine, dishwasher: 70 dB
- City traffic (from inside the car): 80-85 dB
- Gas-powered lawn mowers and leaf blowers: 80-85 dB
- Motorcycle: 95 dB
- Approaching subway train, car horn at 16 feet, and sporting events: 100 dB
- Maximum volume level for listening devices; a very loud radio, stereo, or television; and loud entertainment venues: 105-110 dB
- Shouting or barking in the ear: 110 dB
- Standing beside or near sirens: 120 dB
- Firecrackers: 140-150 dB
One thing we can infer from this list is that it is very common for people in a wide range of workplaces to encounter potentially damaging noise levels. This, then, shows the importance of providing hearing health care to your workers. Every employer should give their workers the opportunity to get their hearing checked, but what is the best way to accomplish that?
How virtual hearing tests work
Historically, hearing tests have been conducted primarily at a doctor’s office. Whether you go to an audiologist, an ENT, or a general practitioner, these tests are time-consuming and can be expensive.
Virtual Hearing Solutions provides an accessible way to provide your employees with the hearing screenings they need. Our hearing test provides every one of your employees with a fast, easy way to determine whether or not they suffer from hearing loss. They take the test in the comfort of their own home, or you can provide a space for test-taking in your office.
All a person needs to take our virtual hearing test is a device to get online (computer, tablet, or phone), earbuds or headphones, and a quiet place to take the test.
At the end of the test, test-takers will receive a printable audiogram, which can be used to identify hearing loss. This can also be used as a baseline. Returning to the test at scheduled intervals, such as annually, can provide a way to determine if a person’s hearing has changed over time.
The benefits of virtual hearing tests for employers
For employers, there are several benefits to providing your employees with access to virtual hearing tests.
Protecting your employees’ hearing improves productivity.
1 in 6 Americans suffers from hearing loss, and hearing loss can reduce employee productivity by up to 50%. Identifying hearing loss early is a way to prevent the cumulative damage that can develop if a person is not protecting their ears. This protection is two-fold: you want to protect your employees’ hearing because it is good for your company, but also because it is an ethical and responsible thing to do!
Testing at home or work means your workers are taking less time off work to complete their testing.
If you want your workers to do routine hearing screenings, the time it takes to do that can add up pretty quickly. Most doctor’s offices provide hearing screenings during the work day.
That means that if you want your employees to get screened in a doctor’s office, they are going to have to take time off work to do so. This can add up to a lot of missed work time, which of course reduces your company’s overall productivity.
Virtual testing can be completed at any time, rather than being limited to office hours. It can also be done at home, saving the worker the time that would be needed for a commute and appointment.
Virtual Hearing Services is trusted by numerous nationally-known companies.
We are proud to provide virtual hearing screenings to the employees of AT&T, ZendyHealth, Beneplace, Pharmalynk, Hanna Global Solutions, Alegeus Technologies, and many more. These employers trust us to provide the screening solutions they need.
How can Virtual Hearing Services support your company?
You can be confident that your workers are hearing everything they need to hear when you work with Virtual Hearing Services. Send your employees to our free online hearing test, and don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more about how we can support you and your employees for their hearing support needs, especially hearing aids.