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Don't let your hearing hold you back

Eight hours a day, five days a week—we spend a great deal of time at work. If that time spent is taking a toll on your ears, you're not alone. Almost a quarter of all hearing loss cases in the U.S. can be attributed to workplace conditions. But with the right tools and methods, you can thrive in the workplace again.
Hearing health at work

Identifying workplace hearing loss

Have the feeling you're missing out on important announcements, misunderstanding deadlines, or having to ask people to repeat themselves constantly? Sure, if happens a couple of times, you can chalk it up to a lack of sleep, maybe daydreaming. But if you find it becoming routine, you may be dealing with hearing loss. 


Those working in high-noise environments—constructions, farming, military or music, for example are at a higher risk of developing occupational, noise-induced hearing loss. Try our online hearing test in less than 5 minutes.
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Managing hearing loss at work

There is no cure for work-related hearing loss, but there are ways to adapt and thrive in the workplace. Hearing aids are a fantastic way to improve your daily experience at work. With so many options available, you can find the right fit for you and your needs. As a result, you may notice:
  • You can follow meetings more closely
  • You don’t have to ask colleagues to repeat themselves
  • You can hear better on the phone
  • You can join in on conversations (even that juicy water cooler gossip)
Effects of hearing loss neglect

Disadvantages of hearing loss at work

You may be able to get away with it for a while, but hearing loss can eventually start to affect your work performance and mental health. Apart from decreased success at work, you may also find yourself limiting your social interactions and see your confidence take a hit.

Hearing loss and income inequality

Not only can hearing loss in the workplace has an effect on work performance, it's also directly linked to lower income – up to $30,000 a year to be more precise. Unemployment rates for those with hearing loss are almost double compared to those without hearing loss or using hearing aids.
Supporting your colleagues

Leveling the playing field

  • Face them when you're talking and don't talk from another room.
  • Use hand gestures and more facial expressions.
  • Let them know if you think they've missed something.
  • Let them talk as well and always be understanding.
  • Rephrase sentences instead of repeating or yelling.
If they don't already use one, you can also encourage your colleague to learn more about hearing aids and how they can help at work.
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Managing your hearing loss

How to accommodate yourself at work

Hearing loss doesn't have to define you. With the right tools and methods, you can manage your hearing health in the workplace and be a successful, thriving member of your team.

Advocate and communicate

It is essential to advocate for yourself and let your employer know your needs as well as the tools required to fulfill your role. Just as important is letting your colleagues know about your hearing loss and how they can help support you. They can also help inform you about announcements or emergency alarms.

Plan ahead and write things down

Request the agenda or tools needed  for specific tasks ahead of a scheduled meeting or event. Collaborate with your colleagues or boss after a meeting to make sure you didn't miss any important points in your notes.

Use technology to your advantage

Embracing the tools available can help keep you on equal ground with your peers. Educate yourself on the different devices and how you can use them to your advantage. Some of these tools include:
  • Computer-assisted realtime translation (CART)
  • Hearing aids compatible Phone
  • Assisted listening devices/systems
Make sure to keep additional batteries on hand and opt for rechargeable hearing aids that can support you the entire day.
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Regain your confidence

Am I entitled to compensation for my hearing loss?

While coverage can vary depending on where you live, if you've experienced occupational hearing loss at work, you may be entitled to compensation. Most companies are equipped with insurance to cover medical costs, including hearing aids. It's important to understand the cause behind your hearing loss and when it may have occurred. Visiting a Hearing Care Professional for a proper diagnosis and communicating with your supervisor about your injury are essential steps.
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Work-related hearing loss: FAQ

What is the most common occupational injury affecting the ears?

In the workplace, occupational hearing loss is one of the most common injuries. It can result from long-term exposure to loud noise or to a sudden, loud impulse sound. Ototoxic chemicals can also contribute to hearing loss.

Is hearing loss an occupational disease?

An occupational disease is any health condition brought on by a person's work activities or the environment they work in. Noise-induced hearing loss is one of the most commonly-occurring occupational diseases.

What two factors can cause occupational, noise-induced hearing loss?

Noise-induced hearing loss can be the result of a sudden, loud impulse sound in the workplace or long-term exposure to loud noises. This is common for occupations such as construction workers, farmers, military personnel, or musicians.

How can I manage hearing loss at work?

There are ways to adapt and thrive in the workplace if you have hearing loss. Advocating for your needs, communicating your hearing loss with your colleagues, preparing for meetings ahead of time, and embracing sound-enhancing technologies are all beneficial. Hearing aids can also help you better perform at work.

If I have occupational hearing loss, am I entitled to compensation?

If you've experienced hearing loss directly related to work, you may be entitled to compensation. Most companies are equipped with insurance to cover medical costs, including hearing aids. It's important to understand the cause behind your hearing loss and when it may have occurred. Visiting a hearing care specialist for a proper diagnosis and communicating with your supervisor about your injury are essential steps.

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