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Hearing Loss Job Hunting Tips

10/15/2015

(This week’s post is an excerpt from an article by Jeremy Jones, MA)

Looking for a new job can be a stressful experience for anyone. But when you also have hearing loss, the task at hand may seem even more challenging.  By being prepared and acting as your own advocate, your chances of success in the workplace can be as good as anyone’s. Here are a few hearing loss job hunting tips to get you started.

Tip #1: See your hearing care professional

If you wear any device to help you hear, such as hearing aids, visit your hearing care professional even before you start sending off job applications.

Tip #2: Know your rights

Organizations like the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) offer a wealth of information ranging from job hunting tips to links to employment opportunities for those with hearing disabilities.

Tip #3: Prepare for the phone interview

Phone conversations have always been hard for those with hearing loss, but increasingly advanced technologies to help hearing aid wearers use the phone are now available.

Tip #4: Wear your hearing aids

Hearing aids don’t make you look old—asking people to repeat everything or misunderstanding what someone else is saying does.

Tip #5: Be yourself

Your hearing loss is a part of you, but don’t let it dominate or overshadow your job searching experience. If you project confidence in your skills, knowledge, and personality your prospective employer will focus on these qualities instead of your hearing loss.

Click to read the complete version of this article published by Hearing Health &Technology Matters.

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