Hearing is absolutely an essential thing for humans. Hearing empowers us in our daily lives. Hearing also assists in keeping us safe, warning us of plausible dangers and alerting us to someone’s distress. Cats are a great example of this. Cats rely on the sense of sound to communicate to their brains on how they react to a situation and even how they navigate instantaneously. Our hearing allows us to enter a huge new source of information, some of it we notice, like our brains hearing sounds to protect us, such as when we are driving, and some we barely notice, like our brain’s sub-conscious, but when combined, the information creates a tunnel of information between the world and how we interact with everything.
Hearing enables us to interact with each other, work, socialize, communicate and even relax. Problems with our hearing can lead to the feelings of isolation and depression. Hearing is necessary for humans in allowing us to have a fulfilled life. We sometimes tend to forget about how valuable our hearing is and what would happen if we didn’t have it. We forget about how valuable our hearing is because we are too caught up in the nitty gritty of things and always trying to keep up with the next current event. Another reason we forget is because insurance does not provide any kind of coverage on hearing. Why is that? I think it’s because the rates are so high, making it such a risk for most insurance companies not to take it on. Basically, they are worried too much about losing money that they decided not to take on the risk involved.
If hearing health is NOT a covered benefit for you, take a stand and request a change. EPIC Hearing Healthcare has created an advocacy flyer that anyone can just share to start a conversation with their HR professional.
Download it at: http://www.epichearing.com/listenhear/resources/
I highly encourage you to speak with your HR department and find out if you are covered for hearing. You may not notice it now, but hearing loss comes slow and gradually without any signs of slowing down.