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@jeama Learning about and using assistive devices can be the difference you need. Hearing loss is invisible and people, no matter how much they want to be helpful, forget what it is you need if it boils down to being on one side of you, etc. Assistive devices show. They remind people you need their help. Using a small hand held microphone that broadcasts to your hearing aids can be a huge help. Not just because it transmits sound to the place where you need to hear it, but because people see that you are using something that is working. Vocational Rehabilitative Services should be able to provide the information you need. Other options like speech to text captions can also help a lot. So much depends on when you need it, how you need it, etc. I've heard hard of hearing people who struggle say "I don't like gadgets", well, these are gadgets. Gadgets that require some learning and discipline to use properly. Hearing aid providers should also be well versed in this add on technology, but many are not. Maybe if we all started asking more questions of them, they might be. I hope you get the help you need. It's out there. HLAA has information about assistive technology on their website. HLAA has periodic Zoom meetings that feature technology. Most of those are available on YouTube. http://www.hearingloss.org Take time to explore the website. Some things are hard to find, but they are there.

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I do have access to a hearing consultant who could help me navigate my next work environment successfully. I have conductive hearing loss, and while I have experienced some decline in the functioning of my cochlear, my cochlear is mostly normal. Hearing aids just don't cut it for me as they manage the sound too much. My headphones have been like a dream for me while I've participated in Zoom calls throughout this pandemic. While I'm highly resistant to wearing my hearing aids, and thus by extension using assistive technology that requires the use of my hearing aids to operate, perhaps I could use over-the-ear headphones instead. I've seen these in use by people who consider themselves to be D/deaf. Perhaps this will be an area to explore in my near fuutre. 😊 I have attended a few HLAA webinars and I'll take a deeper dive into those available on their YouTube channel as well. Thanks for the reply and the advice! I really appreciate your time and attention to my question.

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