I'm a RN with bilateral moderate hearing loss and wear BTE's. I've been a nurse 5 years with the majority of that spent in Adolescent Psych. Due to a move back to Ohio from NC I had to leave that position which I absolutely loved. I've searched in Ohio for the same kind of work with no luck. So I decided to expand my search and pretty much have applied for any and every nursing job within a 30 min. commute. I have an interview scheduled tomorrow at a LTC but I'm wondering if it will be a good fit for me with my hearing loss. Does anyone have any experience working in LTC with a disability or know someone who has? I would love to hear about your experience.
Aug 24, '12
You mention that you wear devices that help with your hearing, so are you still hard of hearing with them on? I am a CNA and I am hard of hearing, but I do not have any hearing aides. I usually can hear people talking if they are directly in front of me and have a strong speaking voice. It is embarrassing sometimes when I don't quite understand someone and I have to keep saying huh. But you hang in there and don't let your disability get you down. I don't think you would have many problems working in a LTC facility just because you have moderate hearing loss, hey so does about 50% of the patients. I am currently working on reading lips, which will help tremendously.
Aug 25, '12
I still have hearing issues even with my hearing aides. I have a hard time understanding speech especially from those who have accents or voices with a high pitch. Background noise is another big issue I deal with. So even though hearing aides amplify sound, they are not a cure all for hearing loss. I don't necessarily find it embarrassing to have ask people to repeat themselves, but I do find it frustrating as I'm sure it is for them as well. Thanks for replying to my post.