According to research conducted by Johns Hopkins Medicine 20% of adults report some degree of hearing loss- about 48 million people.
Of that 48 million, 60% are either in the workforce, or in educational settings. So chances are high you have an employee that needs hearing help. While it’s not your task as an employer to identify those that need assistance, you can help accommodate the process by letting your employees know their rights based on the Americans with Disabilities Act. On average an individual waits seven years before seeking professional help for a hearing loss. As an employer you can improve your employees quality of life and boost their production by alerting them of their rights.
Facts: Untreated hearing loss is linked to increased absenteeism and reduced workplace productivity, in addition to range of emotional/physical conditions including:
- Impaired memory
- Compromised ability to learn new tasks
- Reduced alertness
- Increased personal safety risk
- Irritability, negativism, anger, fatigue, stress, depression, and overall health
Encourage your employees to have regular hearing tests, just as you would encourage regular doctors visits.