I had nerve damage in one ear age 3 in 1954. It wasn't total loss and since nothing could be done about it I, and my family, made no big deal about it. When I was young I actually thought everybody had one ear that didn't hear as well as the other!
I was never good with stethoscopes and lung sounds. I stupidly never thought maybe it wasn't me, it was my hearing loss! (Denial isn't always the best way to cope.) I got so good at forgetting or ignoring my loss I just blamed myself or felt stupid when I miss-understood or didn't catch what someone said. My loss wasn't that bad, no patients were harmed due to my loss of hearing
It wasn't till I learned hearing aids were much improved and could help even with loss due to nerve damage. Learning that, plus knowing everybody loses some hearing due to old age, inspired me to get hearing aids. In retrospect I know I should have gotten them earlier. It may have helped me as a nurse and socially?
I guess the challenge is directly related to how much a person can be helped with aids? There are so many advances in aids to say nothing of cochlear implants. My hope, assumption, is there are not a lot of problems with hearing impaired nurses. But as I said my loss was not that bad.