An estimated 16.2 million adults in the U.S. experienced at least one major episode of depression in 2016, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. That’s roughly 6.7% of all U.S. adults.
Ah, summertime peace and quiet — well, maybe not so much. The fact is, summer has become noisier and noisier over the years, and we’re not just talking about Fourth of July fireworks. People everywhere, including your members or employees, engage in a variety of summertime activities that generate a lot of noise. And this noise can cause permanent hearing damage.
Okay, we get it. There’s a day for everything under the sun, from National Hangover Day on January 1 to Make up Your Mind Day on December 31. But some of these days serve a valuable purpose. Take National Insurance Awareness Day (June 28), for example. You could use this day to contemplate the health insurance you offer to your members. Has it kept up with the times? How can you make it even better?
Topics: hearing aids, hearing loss, hearing aid coverage, Medicare Advantage, Hearing Healthcare Program, Untreated Hearing Loss, Health Insurance, Hearing Benefit, Healthcare Costs, National Insurance Awareness Day
You offer great comprehensive coverage to your health plan members — perhaps you’ve even added vision and dental benefits. But your "comprehensive" plan may be missing a vital piece, one that could actually boost the overall health of your members, while helping you attract new members and keep the ones you already have.
“In 2018 the direct costs to American society of caring for those with Alzheimer’s (disease) and other dementias will total an estimated $277 billion,” says the Alzheimer’s Association, which concludes: “Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in America, costing more than cancer and heart disease.”
Companies should make sure their employees are hearing as clearly as possible, based on new research linking hearing loss with an elevated risk of accidents. A nationwide survey, sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), found that people who reported difficulty hearing were significantly more likely to experience an accident related to driving, work, leisure activities or sports, compared to individuals with “excellent” hearing.
Topics: hearing aids, hearing loss, hearing aid coverage, Hearing Healthcare Program, Hearing Benefit, Hearing Loss and Falls, Hearing Loss and Injuries, Hearing Loss and Accidents, Workers' Comp Costs
Occupational hearing loss is one of the most common health issues in the workplace. This should come as no surprise, given that more than 22 million workers are exposed to hazardous levels of noise each year.
Topics: hearing aids, hearing loss, hearing aid coverage, noise-induced hearing loss, Hearing Healthcare Program, Hearing Benefit, Hearing Loss Prevention, occupational hearing loss, Workers' Comp, National Safety Month
The facts are grim: Stroke kills approximately 140,000 Americans each year and is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition, stroke costs the U.S. an estimated $34 billion annually, states the CDC, including the cost of healthcare services, medicines for treatment and missed days of work.
There are many compelling reasons to make good hearing a priority for your members or employees. During May, which is Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM), Amplifon Hearing Health Care offers this simple, yet profound, message: The ability to hear well plays a key role in leading a fulfilling and joyful life.
For most people, the mention of “occupational injury” evokes images of slipping, falling or getting caught in machinery. But one of the most common workplace hazards cannot be seen or touched. It’s exposure to dangerous noise levels, which along with “ototoxic” chemicals, can result in hearing loss.
Topics: hearing aids, hearing loss, hearing aid coverage, noise-induced hearing loss, Hearing Healthcare Program, Hearing Benefit, Hearing Loss Prevention, occupational hearing loss, Workers' Comp, Safety and Health Week