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Addressing Hearing Loss Proves Win-Win for Both Employer and Employee, BHI Advises During National Employee Wellness Month
Date:5/13/2013

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It has become increasingly clear that leaving hearing loss unaddressed has significant financial ramifications. A national BHI study found that people with untreated hearing loss lose as much as $30,000 in income annually, depending on their degree of hearing loss. The aggregate yearly loss in income due to underemployment for people with untreated hearing loss is an estimated $176 billion. And the fiscal cost to society in unrealized federal taxes is an estimated $26 billion. This doesn't even measure the impact that unaddressed hearing loss has on worker productivity, absenteeism, and presenteeism.

Fortunately, when addressed, hearing loss is largely manageable. And the vast majority of people with hearing loss can benefit from hearing aids. In fact, eight out of ten hearing aid users say they're satisfied with the changes that have occurred in their lives specifically due to their hearing aids. The national BHI study, in fact, found that the use of hearing aids reduced the risk of income loss dramatically—by 90 to 100 percent for those with milder hearing loss, and from 65 to 77 percent for those whose hearing loss was severe to moderate. The study also found that people with severe hearing loss who do use hearing aids are nearly twice as likely to be employed as their peers who do not use them.

Today, more than half of U.S. employers have some type of wellness program. By including hearing checks in these programs—and 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 work together to ensure that a worker's hearing loss 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 t
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