How Hearing Loss Prevention Works for You
Here is the break-down of the risks and costs job related hearing loss to the employer.
• Increased health benefits costs to employer for rehabilitation
a) Direct costs of treating hearing related disabilities
Hearing aids ($800-$3000/yr every 3-5 years for life)
• Lost opportunity costs from reduced functionality
a) 55% increased risk of safety related incidents
b) Reduced capacity to perform hearing critical jobs
c) Increased interpersonal communication barriers /challenges
James, Anderson & Associates, Inc. “Some Reasons for Concern.” http://www.safe-at-work.com. February 14, 2011. http://www.safe-at-work.com/SafeAtWork/AIHCE98/rrj-aihce/sld011.htm.
Why custom fit earplugs are a better fit for your ear and your wallet.
• Because custom fit earplugs are molded to the ear canal, they much more comfortable than traditional disposable earplugs
a. Many people have two different sized ear canals, so a custom fit earplugs are a better way to decrease exposure to harmful noise rates
b. A Full One Year Warranty for custom fitting is offered by most manufacturers to ensure the safest fit possible
c. Custom fit earplugs can provide a Noise Reduction Rate of up to 33 decibels
• While traditional disposable earplugs seem to be more effective, a custom fit earplug is far less expensive
a. Traditional, Disposable Earplugs 3-year cost / employee = $105.30
(260 work days; 1 pair every other day for three years; box of 100 disposable, corded earplugs roughly cost $27.00/box)
b. Custom Fit Earplugs 3-year cost / employee = $75.00
Depending on the size of your organization; the savings of $30.30/employee can add up rapidly (100 employees = $3,030.00)
www.uline.com. February 15, 2011. < http://www.uline.com/BL_1023/Max-Ear-Plugs-NRR-33>.
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