Workforce Magazine: Hearing Benefits Barely Make a Peep
Wellness plans seem to address every area of well-being from heart health to mental health, but one aspect of employee health is being overlooked, according to a recent survey. So employers, listen up.
Poor hearing can be linked to many conditions, such as depression, dementia and cardiovascular disease, yet hearing health is mostly absent from employee wellness programs, according to EPIC Hearing Healthcare, a benefits provider. The company recently launched a hearing wellness program that offers discounts on hearing services to employees who take an online hearing test and participate in various activities, like taking quizzes and experiencing hearing loss with a virtual simulation.
“Hearing is a vital life sense that we all rely on, so why is it not covered as an ancillary benefit like vision and dental?” said Dru Coleman, national sales and marketing manager with EPIC. “People expect major medical will cover hearing aids, but most don’t. The cost of hearing aids can be excessive, and there’s no rhyme or reason to it.”
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