I'm hear to work: Coping with hearing loss in the office
Jan 07, 2013 in Hearing Tests
One of the main worries that our patients have when they call in for free hearing tests with us is how they will fare at work.
Careers and being able to progress in the workplace are obviously important to people and fears over whether digital hearing aids will hold them back are perfectly normal, but it doesn't have to be the case.
There is support in place for workers who suffer with hearing loss to ensure they have equal access when it comes to work via the Access to Work scheme, while there are also ways in which you can help yourself out too.
Access to Work
This is a financial scheme put on offer by the government which puts forward "money for practical support to help you do your job" and is well worth considering if you feel you need assistance when it comes to work.
It can help provide any specialist equipment you may need, travel if you can't use public transport or a communicator to lend a hand at a job interview.
These may not always be necessary for those with hearing loss but it's worth bearing in mind just in case, so that you know what you are entitled to.
Ultimately, the best way to ensure you can still go about your business at work is by being open and communicative when it comes to what you require.
Often, something as simple as speaking to fellow employees and bosses about your condition and asking for extra patience can work wonders. Being clear and calm about your condition can save a lot of extra problems in the long run.
There is legislation in place to ensure that those who suffer from the condition can still go about their business without further difficulties and so there really is no need to worry.
If there is any more information you require, then our expert audiologists will be able to offer further information during your hearing test.