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May 21, 2012

Less than 10% of Swedish teachers undergo regular hearing tests

All those who work with children should be offered regular hearing tests. That is the opinion of the Swedish Association for Hard of Hearing People, HRF.

Less than 10% of Swedish teachers undergo regular hearing tests

Less than every tenth Swedish teacher undergoes a regular test of their hearing at their place of work. Seven out of ten Swedish teachers never have a hearing test carried out at work. This is in spite of the fact that 57% of teachers reporting that they have had trouble hearing what their students are saying in class. This is shown in a study carried out by the Swedish union of teachers among its members.

”The lack of hearing tests is noticeable when you consider that hearing damage and a poor sound environment are acknowledged, everyday problems in schools,” says chairman of the Swedish Association for Hard of Hearing People, HRF, Jan-Peter Strömgren.

Leading to poor health

Having problems with your hearing over an extended period of time can cause extensive stress. Regular hearing tests can mean, that problems can be detected earlier, before they develop into more serious health issues.

“All those who work with children in schools and child care should be offered obligatory hearing tests by their employer,” says Jan-Peter Strömgren.

Another analysis by the Swedish Association for Hard of Hearing People, HRF, shows that 73% of all women in the work force say that hearing tests are never carried out at their place of work.

Source: www.hrf.se

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