Working with Hearing Loss

Working with Hearing Loss

Have you been working at home? Whether you’re working from home or working at the office, working with hearing loss can come with some unique challenges. Finding the perfect hearing aids with the right technology can make it easier to work with hearing loss.

Hearing on the Phone

Does your job include attending zoom meetings, taking video calls, or talking on the phone with clients? Hearing on video and audio calls can be a challenge. That’s where hearing aids can help.

We have a range of hearing aids that feature adaptable Bluetooth technology. When you switch on the Bluetooth program on your devices, you can connect your hearing aids directly to the technology you’re using at work. This includes your computer and your phone. Bluetooth enabled hearing aids will connect directly to your devices, streaming audio right to your hearing aids and into your ears. You easily hear every word of the conversation and you won’t need to worry about distracting background noises. 

Hearing During Meetings

Meetings can be challenging listening environments. One way to hear better during meetings is to use an assistive listening device. For example, you can use a small mic placed in front of the speaker. The mic will pick up the speaker’s voice and send the sound directly to your hearing aids. This will help you hear clearly during meetings. Your hearing aids will also help you hear during meetings. Directional microphones will help you focus on the speaker, and speech enhancement technology makes it easy to pick out speech and ignore background sound.

Get it In Writing

One of the best ways to overcome the challenges of hearing loss at work is to ask for instructions in writing. Asking for memos in writing will help you stay on the same page, and help you do your best work.

Getting information in writing is helpful for meetings as well. Whether you’re attending a meeting at work or via zoom, asking for the meeting agenda beforehand can help you follow along with what’s being said. Review the meeting minutes after the meeting to make sure you haven’t missed any important points.

During zoom or online meetings, you can use the chat box to clarify what’s being said. You can ask follow-up questions to make sure you’ve understood the conversation.

Be Honest About Your Hearing Loss

It can be hard to admit that you’re having a hard time hearing. However, working with hearing loss will be much easier if you’re honest about your hearing loss. When you’re open about your hearing loss with your employer and your coworkers, you’ll be able to communicate better. 

Have you been nodding during conversations even if you don’t know what’s being said? Rather than pretending that you can hear, tell your coworkers that you have a hearing loss. Ask them to repeat or rephrase what they said and make sure you’ve understood the conversation.

Ask for Accommodations 

Your coworkers and your employer will be happy to help you hear. You can ask for reasonable accommodations to make it easier for you to communicate at work and online. For example, you can ask to sit near the speaker, or ask that the speaker faces you when talking. Another reasonable accommodation would be to ask people to speak one at a time so that it’s easier to follow what’s being said. 

Do you have trouble hearing in your workspace? Maybe you’re sitting near a busy hallway, or you’re right beside the noisy photocopier. You can ask to move to a quieter part of the office. You’ll be able to hear more clearly on the phone, and concentrate on your work without worrying about all the distracting background noise.

Hearing Aids at Work

Wearing hearing aids at work will help you hear clearly. Hearing aids will help you hear during zoom meetings, and they’ll make it easier to talk on the phone with clients and coworkers. Bluetooth technology makes it easy to connect with the technology you use at work. Advanced programs make it easy to hear in a number of different listening environments. This can include a one-on-one conversation, a place with lots of background noise, a large meeting, a zoom meeting, or even a phone call with a client.