Ways Employers Can Support Employees’ Hearing Loss

Hearing Loss

Across the country, employers are seeking solutions to help employees with hearing loss. About 20 percent of Americans, or 48 million people, have some degree of hearing impairment. In the past, hearing problems were associated with older workers. Now, an increased number of younger employees are experiencing hearing loss.

Given the growing number of employees with hearing issues, many employers are seeking effective solutions.

Emphasize hearing well-being – Focus on hearing well-being as part of employee wellness programs. Hearing loss can impact employees’ work performance and relationships with family and friends. Providing hearing education and care solutions not only helps employees with hearing impairment, it assists others in understanding how to support and work with team members who have hearing loss.

Encourage hearing exams – Provide hearing benefits to help employees enjoy better health.

Ameritas offers a SoundCare® benefit to help protect and preserve employees’ hearing. The plan is flexible in design so it can be tailored to employees’ needs. Here’s how it works:

  • Evaluate hearing – Plan members earn a set allowance each benefit year for a comprehensive hearing exam without a copay. Members have several choices:
    • Order an iHearTest kit (only $69) online to check hearing in the privacy of one’s own home.
      • The only equipment needed is a personal computer and an Internet connection.
      • Test results will indicate whether hearing aids are needed.
      • The iHearTest is approved by the Federal Drug Administration.
    • Work with EPIC to connect with an audiologist.
    • Schedule a hearing test with an independent audiologist.
  • Purchase hearing aids – The SoundCare plan also provides members with options for hearing aids:
    • Members can purchase iHear hearing aids for just $499 each when a pair is purchased.
      • iHear hearing aids are so small they’re practically invisible.
      • iHear is partially covered by the SoundCare plan.
      • The device is preprogrammed to your customized needs to it arrives at your door ready to use.
      • Get an even greater discount on iHear by using the promo code AM10 at checkout to receive 10% off and free shipping.
      • You can order iHear even if you don’t have a SoundCare plan
  • Use extra features – Plan members also receive a materials allowance to cover maintenance costs, batteries, service contracts, fittings, ear molds and repairs.

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