How to Help Employees with Hearing Loss

Smiling businesswoman with hearing loss, looking and listening closely to colleague at team meeting.

About 20% of Americans, or 48 million people, have some degree of hearing loss. In the past, mainly older employees suffered from hearing problems. But today, younger employees also are experiencing hearing loss. Here’s how employers can help employees with hearing loss.

Support employees with hearing loss

Hearing loss can impact an employee’s work performance and relationships with family and friends. Providing education and care solutions helps employees address the issue. Co-workers also can learn how to support and help employees with hearing loss.

Offer access to hearing benefits

Providing hearing benefits can help employees enjoy better health. Ameritas offers a SoundCare® benefit to help protect and preserve hearing. The plan can be tailored to your employees’ needs.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Provides a benefit for hearing exams – Plan members earn a set allowance each benefit year for a comprehensive hearing exam. Also, for less than $100, employees can order an iHEARtest kit online to check their hearing. The only equipment employees will need is a personal computer and an Internet connection, or access to one. Test results show hearing levels in both ears. If the test shows a person needs hearing aids, he or she can try iHEAR hearing aids, or schedule a follow-up hearing test with an independent audiologist.
  2. Features a benefit for hearing aids – The SoundCare plan provides members with options for hearing aids. Members can purchase affordable iHEAR hearing aids online. Often people who need hearing aids avoid wearing them. They don’t want others to know they have a hearing problem (even though it becomes abundantly clear). Plus, traditional hearing aids are more expensive. iHEAR hearing aids are lower priced and so small they’re easy to wear. The device is preprogrammed to your customized needs and it arrives at your door ready to use. iHEAR products also can be purchased without a SoundCare plan. Visit ameritas.com/listen and enter promotion code AM10 at checkout for 10% off and free shipping.
  3. Includes an allowance for materials – SoundCare plan members receive a materials allowance to help cover maintenance costs, batteries, service contracts, fittings, earmolds and repairs. It’s a great way to help employees with hearing loss keep their hearing aids performing properly. This way, employees won’t become frustrated and put them away in a drawer somewhere.

Educate parents about kids’ hearing needs

As you can imagine, good hearing also is important for kids to learn and be safe. If hearing problems develop and go undetected, kids may struggle to grow and adapt to the world around them. Read this blog to learn more.