A follow-on from the 'Role Model' posting by ATR. For those who felt ATR was negative, read below the realities, deaf are ill-equipped to function in many workplaces, and it isn't just lack of support, but lack of role models who succeed in such environments.
Hearing specialists say people with hearing loss across the UK are being forced to quit their jobs while many others are left feeling isolated in the workplace. Often referred to as a ‘hidden’ disability, medical experts say more needs to be done to ensure that they are given the right kind of backing and support within their working environments.
“Hearing loss has been shown to have a profound impact on people’s views and experiences of the workplace,” said Farah Kiani, who is an audiologist at Hidden Hearing. Even with hearing aids, people with hearing difficulties say it is not always possible to hear what is being said in a busy office or staffroom. Even with hearing aids, people with hearing difficulties say it is not always possible to hear what is being said in a busy office or staffroom.
Figures from a study by charity group, show that a massive 42% of respondents in the survey actually stepped down from their jobs or retired early as a result of their hearing difficulties. That sad statistic only goes to show that hearing loss not only forces people to leave their places of employment but also hinders others when it comes to fulfilling their potential. “That, in turn, has led to many people feeling isolated at work.” Some of those struggles in the workplace include fulfilling day-to-day tasks such as using the phone or engaging in conversations with colleagues under challenging or noisy conditions.
Employees being forced to exit their jobs due to hearing difficulties can also have a backlash effect on a business’ productivity. Employees being forced to exit their jobs due to hearing difficulties can also have a backlash effect on a business’ productivity. Approximately two-thirds (68%) of the respondents in the same study agreed that they sometimes felt shut out at work while 70% of respondents say their conditions prevented them from fully maximising their duty capabilities. “It’s not right when somebody has to quit their job because their hearing loss is causing them stress or depression in the workplace,”