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On-Site Hearing Test and Training
Hearing Conservation Program
The decision to conduct, or not to conduct, annual hearing test & to train your employees, is not necessarily regulatory based. The decision, must be also based on the potential cost associated with noise induced hearing loss.
When reviewing the estimated annual cost of loss of productivity, special education, and medical care due to hearing loss the cost is $56 billion, on an annual basis. The average disability for Occupational Noise Induced Hearing loss is $17,000.00 per ear.
To estimate the potential financial and regulatory
impact of Noise Induced Hearing Loss at your facility you will need to
consider the following information. (Workforce
Review Your Workforce Demographics:
Our research indicates, the average age of the American industry worker is 37 years old, worked in industrial environments for over 12 years, and will be working until he/she reaches social security retirement age and beyond. This indicates that employers will have an experienced workforce, but a workforce that has been exposed to potential cumulative illnesses and injuries for a long period of time. As the workforce continues to age, the number of workers who experience hearing loss and the cost of workers compensation will increase.
What is the Average Age of Your Workforce?
Who in your workforce uses firearms, chain saws, listen to loud
music, and visits the racetrack?
Where have members of your workforce been employed?
Researchers report a sharp increase in the number of younger people, in their 40’s and 50’s, who complain of not hearing well. While more than 30% of people over 65 have some type of hearing loss, 14% of those between 45 and 64 having hearing loss. Traditionally, statistics on hearing loss have shown seniors from 65 years of age to be the most vulnerable age group over 30 percent reporting hearing loss while approximately 10 percent in the 40 to 65 year age group acknowledge loses. Experts predict that as America ages, hearing loss will become epidemic. The last Census indicated that 13% of the population was over 65, and projections are that this figure will double over the next three decades as baby boomers enter their senior years. This means that one-quarter-more-of the population will be over 65. (How to Limit Your Cost Link)
Do you conduct pre-employment screenings?
How does hearing loss potentially effect production?
Health Consultants, Inc. provides unique services in support of a company's hearing conservation program.
mobile units are capable of testing and training up to 28
We provide the following reports:
Individual Test Results
Standard Threshold Shifts
Average High Frequency Loss
Average Speech Loss
American Association of Otolaryngology
In addition to these standard reports, we provide a suggested letter for use in informing those workers who may have a STS, and a letter/evaluation form for the physician or audiologist to be used during any required follow-up medical examination.
The message is, we not only provide the required testing, but all
those other aspects of the hearing conservation program that are necessary to protect the
hearing of your employees and help to ensure complete regulatory compliance.