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Hearing loss in the workplaceHearing loss is a huge problem in the workplace today.

People with hearing loss suffer not only personally but hearing loss can also affect a person’s job performance in the work place. But, first we need to better understand what hearing loss is.

The Mayo Clinic staff defines common hearing loss as we age as “Presbycusis”. They also report that an estimated one-third of persons in the United States between the ages of 66 and 75 and one-half of those older than 75 have some degree of hearing loss.

So, we have to assume, that age is a major factor in hearing loss and several experts believe you can’t reverse age related hearing loss. However, some experts believe hearing loss can be affected by too much earwax, viral infections or too much constant exposure to loud noises. Following are several recommendations to improve your hearing:

  • Regular hearing exam by healthcare professional and removal of excessive wax build-up when needed
  • Increase your daily dietary intake of fish oil, known as fatty acids, grains, nuts, vegetables, fruits and seeds help to provide more fatty acids in the body.
  • Take antioxidant, Vitamin C and E supplements to protect the body against the onslaught of free radicals which is thought to be a cause of many diseases.
  • Focus on your internal hearing aid by focusing on what you are trying to hear and tuning out the rest of noise in your environment. Experts say this exercise can help improve your overall hearing.

Employers need to be aware of any individual in their organization with hearing difficulty. At the present time, I have three individuals working for Assisted Services, Inc. that have profound hearing loss. I am dedicated to helping them identify tools that will help to improve their ability to hear which will increase communication skills with clients and co-workers.