While it’s not easy for anyone to find a job in the current economy, people with hearing loss have additional hurdles to overcome. According to the Hearing Loss Association of America, many people who have difficulty hearing can feel anxious about applying and interviewing for a job. This makes advance preparation essential.
Hearing Loss Association of America suggests that people with hearing loss become familiar with equal opportunity employment laws and the Americans with Disabilities Act, which protects people with disabilities from being discriminated against. Applicants with disabilities must be able to perform the essential functions of the job on their own, or with reasonable accommodation. Keep this in mind when choosing the type of jobs you apply for. For jobs in which hearing is not an essential component, people with hearing loss should find out if another employee could handle any hearing-related tasks.
Hearing Loss Association of America advises people with hearing loss to not disclose their disability in the initial application; however, once granted an interview, it is best to communicate your needs clearly and request any necessary accommodations. In all cases, it is important to focus on your valuable skills and experience – not your hearing loss. Be confident and show how you can be an asset to the organization.
Finally, everyone, regardless of their hearing ability, should practice common sense behaviors such as dressing well, researching the company, and rehearsing interview responses. By putting these tips into practice, you’ll have a better chance of landing that dream job.