Reasons to Tell Your Workplace You Have Hearing Loss

Makes Communication Easier

One in six Australians suffers from hearing loss. However, many people do not disclose their hearing loss to their employer and work colleagues due to fears of being fired, mistreated or receiving no assistance to help with their work. 

It’s important that employees with hearing loss feel secure and accommodated at work, and employers and policymakers need to take active roles in ensuring that is the case. 

Today, we will discuss why you need to tell your workplace of your hearing loss, how to do it, and the positive outcomes of doing so. 

Makes Communication Easier 

One of the main reasons to tell your workplace about your hearing loss is so your employer can do their part in making communication easier. 

Your employer will want you to be as productive as possible, so good communication both ways is crucial to their success. 

If you have hearing loss and feel isolated at work, you can benefit from communicating your hearing loss diagnosis with colleagues, so they know and can help you when needed. Your coworkers will understand that facing you and speaking clearly will assist you in hearing well and assist both of you in getting more out of the conversation. 

Sense of Security 

The age of workers is rising, and employers must take active roles in providing a sense of security and making adjustments to the workplace for those with hearing loss. 

You and your employer can work together to identify barriers and make adjustments to address these. Obstacles for communication include poor lighting, lack of visual cues, and excessive or unnecessary noise. 

Modifications to the workplace include different seating plans, a quieter office space, hearing loss awareness training, communication devices, interpreters for events and meetings, visual fire alarms and induction loop systems. 

SupportSupport 

The impact hearing loss will have on your work depends on the type and severity of your hearing loss. However, it’s important to note that not all workers with hearing loss need to be accommodated or receive support. 

You may wish to disclose your hearing loss to as many colleagues as you’re comfortable with. During recruitment and discussions with prospective employers, it’s your choice to disclose your hearing loss. During the interview process, you may request a video call over a phone call or a face-to-face meeting if you feel that it’s needed for effective communication. 

As an employee, if you’re struggling at work, you should take the initiative and tell your employer of your hearing loss so they can help you provide the support you need. 

You may also wish to network with others who have hearing loss to share your experiences, support and practical tips for the workplace. 

Safety 

There are specific industries that have standard hearing levels that are required to ensure safety in the role and will organise a pre-employment hearing test during recruitment. 

Some of these industries include the defence force, aviation and commercial drivers. Some industries will accept an aided (with hearing aid) hearing aid threshold result for the particular role. 

Workers frequently exposed to loud noises should have their hearing test done once a year through their employer. 

SafetyIn Summary 

With more people being open about their hearing loss in the workplace, businesses will see the benefits of making adjustments to help their staff with hearing loss. 

Employees need to feel secure in disclosing their hearing loss with their employer if they choose to do so. From there, employees can assume an active role and communicate with their employers and colleagues what modifications to the workplace they individually need. This positive communication and understanding benefits both parties and promotes business productivity, inclusion and equality. 

If you have recently been diagnosed with hearing loss and are looking for hearing aids, check out the range we have on offer

We have a wide range of hearing aids from global manufacturers, including behind-the-ear, in-the-ear, in-the-canal and invisible-in-canal. 

If you aren’t sure which hearing aid is right for you, get in touch with one of our hearing aid brokers. We are happy to help you make an informed decision to get you on your journey toward better hearing. 

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