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New York Police Department (NYPD) cops get their hearing back

"by " Albert Stein

It was fantastic news for hearing advocates everywhere when the New York Police Department (NYPD) agreed to lift the ban on officers using hearing aids in active duty. 

The decision came as a result of a five-year-long legal case between two veteran police officers who were made to retire from their jobs after it was discovered that they were using hearing aids. Despite their level of commitment and service, it was against the NYPD's rules for officers to wear hearing devices on the job*. 

The case, which drew a lot of attention from the public highlighted the flaw in the system and, last month, brought about change for NYPD officers who wish to wear hearing aids to pass their hearing test. 

"The settlement provides an opportunity for me to return to the profession and the Department I so dearly love,"  Daniel Carione, the lead petitioner on the case told the New York Post. Carione also stated that the decision could open up doors to many other hearing impaired people facing discrimination*. 

Hearing health and safety in the workplace is highly important. According to the World Health Organisation, over 1.1 billion young people are at risk of hearing, due to a multitude of factors including noisy environments*. 

By taking steps to ensure the health of your hearing, such as wearing ear muffs when appropriate and maintaining your hearing device, you can help to maintain good hearing for years to come, whether you're just starting a new career, or are ready to retire. 

If you're interested in learning more about preserving your hearing, or want to check your hearing, click here or call 1800 340 631 to book a hearing check-up with your local Audika clinic.

*Hearing Health and Technology Matters, NYPD settles suit by lifting ban on cops using hearing aids. Accessed April 13, 2015. Available here

*New York Post. NYPD cops no longer forced to retire because of hearing aids. Accessed April 13, 2015. Available here

*World Health Organisation, 1.1 billion people at risk of hearing loss. Accessed April 7, 2015. Available here.