HEARING HEALTH @ WORK
WHY IS HEARING HEALTH IMPORTANT?
Hearing loss is a silent epidemic in South Africa, with more than 10% of the adult population suffering from some kind of hearing impairment. Hearing loss in adults are known to contribute to social isolation and reduced work performance. It can also lead to an increased risk of developing cognitive difficulties, depression and dementia. As such, identifying and managing hearing loss as early as possible, can contribute to improve the overall health of an employee.
Current hearing aid technology can be utilized very successfully in the corporate world. Hearing aids can be as small as you want them and remain undetected. Most hearing aids have the technology to stream directly to smart devices, improving speech intelligibility over the phone, during teleconferences and even Skype. The advancement of noise cancellation and speech detection algorithms will improve speech intelligibility during meetings, in shared offices and other noisy environments.
- We will provide your company with information brochures about hearing loss that can be circulated to the employees electronically.
- Employees will be required to make appointments in 15-minute slots.
- The hearing screening will consist of:
- An otoscopic examination of the ear canal and eardrum.
- A tympanogram to determine if the middle ear is healthy.
- Pure tone threshold tests at 25 dB (500Hz, 1000Hz, 2000Hz, 4000Hz and 8000Hz).
- Employees in need of diagnostic hearing testing will be provided with the contact details of our Speech-, Language- and Hearing Association of South Africa (SASLHA) to find an audiologist for further management.
THE SUPPORT THAT WE WOULD NEED FROM YOU
- Two (2) quiet rooms to do the hearing screening, with three (3) tables and at least five (5) chairs.
- Distribution of our information brochures before the Hearing Health Day.
- Booking of employees in the allocated 15 minute slots and allowing them to attend the hearing screening.
- The number of employees booked for screening should be confirmed at least three (3) days before the Hearing Health Day.
- If some of your employees are working in noisy environments, we would appreciate your support to share information to these employees with regards to the importance of hearing protection.
Hearing loss is often under-diagnosed and left untreated for a long period of time.
Let’s change this and contribute to improving the overall health of South Africans.