Job interviews can really be stressful. You want to make the right impression. You want to put your best foot forward. And you surely don’t want to give them any reason to pick someone else over you.
If you suffer from hearing loss, this leaves you with the conundrum… to tell, or not to tell?
If you wear very obvious hearing aids, they of course, will be able to tell right away. But if your devices are more discreet, they may not even notice.
Well, really, that’s your call.
By law, you cannot be discriminated against because of your hearing loss. If you tell the interviewer and you can prove that they did not hire you simply because of your hearing loss, they can get into very big trouble.
In fact, they can’t even ask if you have a hearing impairment without getting in trouble.
It has to be solely at your discretion whether to disclose or not.
Some people choose not to let their potential employer know because they don’t want to hurt their chances (regardless of the law, they still think it might), or because they want to prove that they can get the job on their own.
We totally get that. Independence and autonomy are important to a lot of people.
Additionally, we want you to be aware that all employers are required to offer “reasonable accommodations” to anyone protected by the ADA.
“A reasonable accommodation is any change or adjustment to a job, the work environment, or the way things usually are done that would allow you to apply for a job, perform job functions, or enjoy equal access to benefits available to other individuals in the workplace. There are many types of things that may help people with disabilities work successfully. Some of the most common types of accommodations include:
But please keep in mind that it is unlawful for a potential employer to discriminate against you due to hearing loss.
We can do an assessment and help you build a strategy that works best for you.
We can’t wait to help you gain a better hearing lifestyle. Here at Smithtown Hearing Services we are committed to better hearing and committed to you! Contact us today to schedule a FREE assessment.