You can turn what is perceived as a disadvantage, and make it your advantage.
If you are deaf or hard of hearing, there will be some obvious challenges in your work environment. Own your hearing loss, and try not to feel limited by it. All employers are required by law to accommodate workers with disabilities - this includes those who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Individuals in the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities can excel at any job they’d like, but there may be some career paths that are easier to transition through if you have hearing loss.
Where Deaf and Hard of Hearing People have an Advantage
Texting has effectively replaced phone (and some face-to-face) conversations between teens. Communication via text has become equally as important as communicating verbally. In many instances, when you lose one sense - such as the ability to hear, your other senses and skills may heighten.
Over 80% of teens use social media and smartphones. Just about everyone carries their phones with them, everywhere they go. This makes communication much easier for a person with hearing loss.
Career Opportunities for Deaf Teens
There are a number of hearing-specific careers available, where being hard of hearing is an advantage. Here are some of them:
These are very rewarding jobs. Working with deaf/hard-of-hearing youth can make a big impact in their life.
Here are other careers where hearing loss is not a major obstacle.
If you or a loved one are in need of hearing aids, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing for a free hearing test and consultation.