Hi, I'm hearing impraired from birth. Born 10wks premature and spent the first 8 weeks in an incubator. Anyway, my right ear is shot and the left one is about 60/40. Hearing aids drive me nuts, so I don't wear them. I also have a Litthman Cardiology II and do just fine with it. They also make them with volume control.
I started reading lips as a young child. Was always told that I would lose all of my hearing by the age of 25-30. I'm happy to say that I'm now 44 and still have the ability to hear......although it's somewhat limited, I do just fine.
Work is usually no problem. All of my coworkers know that I'm HOH and most are supportive. Some of them tease me and I just let it 'slide off'. I know when and where to draw the line and I've told them. Discrimination is wrong and against the law and I make sure they know that I know.
Most phones have volume control so that helps too.
I wish you all the best and don't worry. I'm sure that you'll do just fine!!