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November 16, 2015
Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is a major concern of safety managers, affecting approximately 22 million U.S. workers and costing $242 million annually in workers’ compensation, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
When private insurance does pay, it typically covers the cost of an exam to assess hearing loss, and that's about it. The devices are expensive, sometimes costing in the $1,000 to $6,000 range -- and that's per ear.
These occupations are at high risk of hearing loss: Firefighters and other first responders; military personnel; disc jockeys; subway workers; construction workers; musicians; factory workers; mine workers.
Myth: Hearing aids restore hearing to normal just as an eyeglass prescription can restore vision to 20/20. Fact: Hearing aids do not restore hearing to “normal.” Hearing aids do not “cure” your hearing loss, but they provide benefit and improvement in communication.
Almost two-thirds of Americans 70 and older suffer from hearing loss ranging from mild to severe, according to what might be the first study to estimate the prevalence of hearing impairment in a nationally representative sample of older adults, TheNew York Times recently reported.