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Hearing loss and work

With the right tools, hearing loss at work doesn’t have to hold you back. Find out more about the challenges of workplace hearing loss, the benefits of hearing better, and tips that can help you improve communication with colleagues and thrive at work again. You can also take an online hearing screening to better understand your current hearing abilities.
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Understanding your hearing health

The challenges of hearing loss at work

You spend a great deal of time at work, making it all the more important to create an environment where you can progress and be successful. Hearing loss can make this a challenge. Work performance—and even your income— are directly related to healthy hearing. From trouble deciphering information given over the phone to missing essential instructions at a department meeting, hearing loss can make work more difficult than it needs to be. The inability to recognize emergency signals, such as the firealarm, can also make your workplace unsafe for you. Implementing specific tips on better hearing, assistive listening devices, and hearing aids, you can stop focusing on what you’re not hearing and start crushing your daily goals.
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Hidden risks of hearing loss

The longer you wait the worse it gets - your brain unlearns how to process sounds.

Not hearing properly at work can lead to decreased job performance and increase the likelihood of communication errors.

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Benefits of hearing better

Hear better, work better

Addressing your hearing loss not only makes your daily life easier, but it can also directly impact your performance at work. Once you can better understand and clearly hear information being shared with you, you’ll feel more motivated and tuned-in to complete your tasks with confidence. You’ll also notice that communication with your colleagues gets better. And, since you’re brain has to spend less time deciphering what it hears, your brain-processing speed can start to recover and increase, leading to better performance overall.

Improving workplace communication

Sometimes, better hearing is about making small adjustments to your daily routine. Where you sit in the office and how others talk with you can make a world of difference. If you find it difficult to interact with colleagues at work, try implementing these tips.
  • Let your colleagues and management know
    If you’re open about your hearing challenges, they can actively take steps to help improve how they communicate with you, such as coming to your office instead of calling, or providing you with a quieter, more productive workspace.
  • Use the technology that’s available
    Assistive listening devices, a CART writer and hearing aids make it easier to understand and take on the tasks of the day. They make participation in meetings easier and bluetooth technology in hearing aids can even connect directly to your phone.
  • Get things in writing and plan ahead
    Document and summarize any important tasks or instructions you receive and send a copy to your manager. This way, they can let you know if you missed anything. Asking for meeting agendas ahead of time can also help you plan better.
Preventing hearing loss

Protect your hearing from noise at work

Damage from noise or chemical exposure caused by certain jobs, also known as occupational hearing loss, is the most common illness related to work. Since we spend so much of our day at work, it’s extra important to prevent this damage. If chemicals are the culprit, take steps to avoid the chemicals or wear protection, such as gloves, eye protection  and respirators, when possible. If noise levels are regularly over 85 dBA at work—which is equivalent to something like the sound of a lawn mower, vacuum cleaner or heavy traffic—always wear ear protection, try your best to move away from the source of the noise and take frequent breaks to give your ears a rest.
Hearing loss can make you miss important info at work
Did you know?

Hearing loss at work can mean lower wages. Studies show those with hearing loss earn up to 25% less compared to those with no degree of hearing loss.

Did you know?

U.S. employers are required to provide accomodations, such as listening devices, to create an equal-opportunity workspace.

Hearing technology and workplace performance

How can hearing aids help you?

Today’s modern hearing aids are intelligent and have functionalities that recognize and adjust to your environment. They can also have a major impact on your workplace performance. Technology such as Augmented Xperience, for example, separates speech from other sounds and makes it much easier to hear conversations and those speaking at meetings. Bluetooth technology is also a workplace gamechanger. Instead of struggling to hear someone on the other line, you can stream the sound directly to your hearing aids, ensuring a simple and smooth hearing experience.

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Getting help for your hearing loss

Hearing loss not only affects how you hear, but how well your brain is able to function. From protecting your physical and mental well-being to improving your career outlooks, your hearing plays an essential role in it all. With HearUSA by your side, you’ll have all the tools you need to stop the effects of hearing loss and start hearing better today.

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