The Challenges of Working in an Office with Hearing Loss

Working in an office environment poses specific obstacles when you have hearing loss. Telephone communication, deciphering conversation from background noise, and missing out on important information during meetings are just a few of the challenges.

Here are a few tips to help you succeed on the job.

  • Be open and honest with your supervisors and colleagues about your hearing loss.
  • Help your co-workers communicate with you by providing suggestions, such as making eye contact with you before beginning to speak; not covering their mouths with their hands when speaking so that you can read their lips, etc.
  • Find an ally. Develop a friendship with one or two associates who will make sure you don’t miss out on anything important.
  • Ask for help when you need it.

Stay on top of your hearing loss with follow-up visits to your audiologist and routine maintenance of your hearing aids. And don’t forget that the staff at Hearing Associates is here to help with your communication needs.