I am soon beginning the upper division nursing courses for my BSN. I have congenital unilateral hearing loss that is getting worse over time. My last screening results were called "moderate to severe mid range loss" by my audiologist. I have recently developed early signs of Meniere's Disease as well, which has been causing slight dizzyness without warning. I am very concerned about how this will affect my performance in school and at work. I have never disclosed my hearing loss to any teacher or employer. I have been able to adapt well so far.
My question is this....What, if any, is the protocol for this type of disclosure? Do I simply say, I have hearing loss, or is there a more official way of doing this with a form or letter from my Audio/ENT? Also, at what level of loss is this considered a disability? That may seem like a simple question, but I want to be clear about the boundary.
Thanks in advance for any info.