Better Hearing Month: First Responders should be All Ears
Whether face-to-face in the field, or over the telephone or radio, hearing is an important part of communication for first-responders – keeping them informed, safe and connected. Unfortunately, these front-line professionals are also at higher risk for hearing loss, and less likely to get the treatment they need to hear their best today and protect from future damage.
A recent survey of 1,500 full-time employees including 100 law enforcement personnel by EPIC Hearing Healthcare (EPIC) found that 52 percent of law enforcement personnel have a diagnosed hearing problem, versus 12 percent of workers overall. An additional 28 percent of law enforcement personnel suspect they have hearing loss, but have not sought treatment.
Despite the impact of untreated hearing loss on the job, less than one-fifth of all law enforcement personnel surveyed had had their hearing checked in the past two years.
Full story at DigitalJournal.com.
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