While teachers understand the risks they face from violence and guns at schools, they may feel that their job is otherwise safe. They may not realize that the noise from slamming lockers, bells, loud announcements, and talking children that surround them throughout the day puts them at greater risk of hearing loss. However, that is what a recent study discovered.
Study Shows Teachers at Risk of Hearing Loss
According to a study by Wakefield Research for EPIC Hearing Healthcare, teachers are at greater risk of hearing loss than those working in other fields. Significant findings of the study include:
- 15 percent of teachers have a diagnosed hearing problem compared to 12 percent of workers in general.
- 26 percent of younger teachers between the ages of 18 and 44 report hearing problems compared to 17 percent of other workers.
- 27 percent of teachers suspect they have a hearing problem but have failed to seek treatment.
In the study, many teachers admitted having to ask people to repeat themselves, having problems understanding people, and feeling tired and stressed from the long periods of talking and listening to people and students because of their hearing loss issues. They often failed to seek treatment due to concerns about the cost of hearing aids, which are often not covered by their health insurance, and about the potential work-related stigma of having a hearing problem. However, early treatment is important to prevent more serious hearing loss.
If you are a teacher who has suffered a hearing loss or another injury while at work, you could be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and lost wages under workers comp. I have been helping people like you for over two decades. Start an online chat or call me at 877-360-0183 to schedule a FREE consultation to find out about your rights under New Jersey workers’ compensation laws.