Friday, May 1, 2015

Enterprises TV Shares How to Deal with Hearing Loss at Work

Hearing loss is a fact of life for older workers, and for those who through environmental factors are losing it. Enterprises TV shares how to deal with loss of hearing in the workplace.

The Americans with Disabilities Act requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations for employees with hearing loss. Whether this means providing special equipment, such as headphones with amplification, or sitting in the front during training, employers must provide it. Just ask for it.

Ask co-workers to speak a little more clearly and slowly if needed. Explain that it helps to hear better.

Request an agenda before a meeting.  This aids in knowing what is being discussed so the person with hearing loss can follow along and engage in the discussion. Also, meeting leaders should ask attendants to speak one at a time. If everyone talks at once, the person with hearing loss cannot understand a word of what’s being said.

The Enterprises TV show suggests asking people politely to repeat what they said. Almost everyone will comply. Hearing loss is frustrating for both the person with the loss and those who work with them. Make it easy for everyone with a little understanding and patience.

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