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Posted on Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Getting Insurance for Hearing Health

Three family generations stand together for hearing health.

Many employers remain unaware of how hearing health coverage can benefit them, increase productivity, and encourage employee satisfaction and a higher quality of life. Often times an active and interested employee can encourage their employer toward adding this important benefit to their insurance plan by making them aware of a few pertinent statistics.

Studies like one conducted by Henry Ford Health System showed, patients with full hearing aid coverage obtained them seven years earlier resulting in better hearing than those without insurance. Below is a letter that you can personalize and print out to help you with advocating for your own and your families hearing health care.

[insert date]

Dear [insert employer’s name]

Recently, I’ve learned some interesting facts about hearing loss and the benefits of having hearing health coverage. I wanted to share with you what I learned in the hopes that you could join me in becoming a Hearing Health Advocate.

Untreated hearing loss increases miscommunication on the job, resulting in costly mistakes, lost revenue, and wasted time. As a hearing health advocate, you can offer your employees a hearing health benefit, increase your bottom line, and help employees obtain a better quality of life. All this while enhancing your reputation as a caring and concerned employer! Here are some of the ways comprehensive audiological testing can benefit you and your employees:

  • Creates a safer work environment: Mistakes on the job are often the result of subtle miscommunications.
  • Advances productivity: The need to repeat instructions and misheard directions can mean employees take longer to accomplish a task.
  • Reduces costly mistakes: Making sure employees hear and understand each other means making sure things get done right the first time!
  • Saves time: Misunderstandings waste valuable time and often result in stress.
  • Reduce accidents: Untreated hearing loss has been linked to issues with balance and unexpected drop falls.
  • Improves employee satisfaction at work: Communication is key to a productive and happy work environment.
  • Improves employee quality of life: People with untreated hearing loss are more depressed, sicker more often, and are less active.
  • Most employees aren’t aware that many insurance companies offer coverage for hearing healthcare, so these important benefits are never considered. In addition to helping employees, this benefit makes companies more attractive to potential employees and increased benefits have been shown to increase likelihood of attracting high quality personnel. Now that you know the facts, maybe you’d like to join me in becoming a hearing health advocate! Thank you for your time and consideration!

    Sincerely,

    [insert name and position]

    People Hearing Better hopes this letter helps you encourages your employer to make a positive change in hearing health benefits. Everyone should take time to understand what insurance does and does not cover for hearing health and also understand how Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) can be used to cover hearing health costs.

    If you'd like to learn more, see your hearing health provider. If you need help finding a hearing health provider click HERE to be connected with the largest network of trusted hearing health professionals in the nation!

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