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New job and hearing loss

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Hi, I just started a new job and I haven’t told them that I have a hearing loss yet because I’m scared they will fire me for it indirectly. I lost my hearing aids and I have appointment to get new pair. I’m still in probationary period. Any advice?

You are brave to speak out about your hearing loss.

How bad is it? I think there are laws out there to protect people with disabilities. Did you know there is a group called the Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Loss? Maybe they could be of better help in this situation.

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llg, PhD, RN

Specializes in Nursing Professional Development. Has 44 years experience.

If you wear hearing aids ... then they are going to know you have a hearing loss. They'll see the aids.

I have a hearing loss and made sure that I mentioned it in my job interview because I didn't want to live in fear of being "found out"-- or being accused of lying on my application. I also make it a point to tell anyone I am going to be working with for any length of time.

I had a colleague who kept her hearing loss a secret (but confided in me because she was amazed that I was so open about it). Everyone thought she was "weird" because her conversation was a bit stilted as she struggled to keep up. I don't want people to think I am weird or stupid, or that I am ignoring them when they speak to me. So I tell them -- and made sure that I found a work environment that was OK with me the way I really am. I've never had to live in fear working here.

How do you want to live your life?

Getting hearing aids & surgery. No longer working but will let future employer know. TY.

llg, PhD, RN

Specializes in Nursing Professional Development. Has 44 years experience.

Good luck!