The purpose of Better Hearing & Speech Month is to raise public awareness about communication disorders and treatment options. The theme of 2020’s celebration is Communication at Work, and we’re quite excited about it. Hearing health is tied to a number of parts of our lives. There’s a definite connection between heart health and hearing health. Individuals may experience a higher risk for cognitive decline due to hearing loss. Hearing loss can affect one’s quality of life in a myriad of ways. Less often discussed than other areas of impact, however, is the fact that hearing loss can have a profound effect on your professional life. That’s why we’re pleased to share some of the tips we’ve found most successful for working with hearing loss.
These tips for communicating to the best of your ability will be key in making sure you are in top form in the workplace.
The first step to successfully navigating working with hearing loss is to be proactive about your hearing health. If you suspect that you may be dealing with hearing loss, you should schedule an appointment as soon as possible with a hearing specialist. Amplifon provides free hearing tests to diagnose any hearing loss issues you may face. After your assessment, our professional staff can help guide you to the treatment options that are best for you. Seeking out proper medical intervention for hearing loss will help mitigate as many communication issues as is possible, both at home and at work.
Once you have adjusted to hearing aids or other treatments for hearing loss, however, communication can still be a challenge at times. Clear, direct communication is the key to growing and nurturing professional relationships.
It is very likely that a number of people in your work environment have never needed to concern themselves with hearing loss. As such, they may simply not know what is helpful and what is not when they talk to you. Most people will appreciate having the tools to do their part at ensuring quality communication. Here are some suggestions for helping others learn how to best communicate with you, both at work and in general.
These are just a few conversation starters, and some of them may not apply to your situation. Every individual with hearing loss experiences the world in a way that is unique to them. Over time you will find what works best for educating the important people in your life.
Remote working presents a number of unique challenges for those individuals who experience hearing loss. The lack of physical proximity to one’s coworkers can seriously affect adaptive strategies that you may have adopted, perhaps unknowingly. Here are some of the top recommendations we’ve found for remote workers with hearing loss.
Working with hearing loss can very much be a challenge, but it’s one that is well worth conquering. Strategies differ from person to person and from one work environment to another. Take what works for you, and don’t worry about the rest. Most of these tips for working with hearing loss come down to a few key tenets. Know yourself and what works for you. Don’t let your challenges dictate your outcomes. Be an advocate for yourself and never be ashamed to discuss your needs openly. Work is what you make it, and you can make it work for you.