Sharing the burden of hearing loss

Posted by thodson3 @thodson3, Fri, Aug 9 8:22pm

Hello, I have been hard of hearing all of my life. I have held my current job as a report writer for and environmental company for 11 years. I am upset that I still occasionally face negative comments from coworkers about my hearing loss. Recently, I had a manager tell me in front of a room full of co-workers that I “needed to get new hearing aids” because mine “don’t work”. I was so shocked I didn’t know how to respond immediately. In thinking about this since it happened, I have started wondering why the onus for accommodation in the workplace only seems to lie with me. Why isn’t it partially my employer’s responsibility to accommodate me? Has anyone else faced similar hardship? Does anyone here work somewhere where the employer shares the responsibility?

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Most of us at some time have made a statement that includes something like "I want to live in a hearing world" but "the hearing world' doesn't have the awareness, the interest, and desire to "let us in." Some just don't know to include us but we link them self-consciously with the bullies and yes there are bullies. We are blessed with the few who do accommodate us. The attacks are very hurtful and they happen much to often.
I am trying to learn to advocate for myself . I am still hesitant to do so for fear that I, (yes I), have said the wrong thing.

I have been following these posts with great interest because it affects me every day. I have Roger Select because "I want to live in a hearing world" but it's not the perfect solution. It won't fix the hearing world.

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@dorothynoz45
Hi, advocating for yourself is not easy ,it takes practice over time. I've been doing it for a long time so it comes easier to me.Always do it with a smile and a sense of humor where appropriate. About to go into my gym class and remind him to turn the music down because even those in the back row cant hear him

FL Mary

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Thanks for the encouragement because you are so right, it isn't easy.

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I have been lucky – California in the latte 80’s to mid 90’s- employers bent over backwards in getting the right phones for two of us. Me in other offices. And I was an independent contractor. In Philadelphia in late 90’s Tomis 2000- forget it I could not even get a good chair.
Why I decided to work just as anAnimal care provider- critters are almost always on my side( cats are tough but I love it).
Olly helps on speech to text. Not 100 percent
Use that along with roger pen

Advocacy is not just for us. It’s helps paves the way. Penn care has learn a lot from me because I speak up. Pushing for non phone access for appointments and questions. They are awesome though .
I am working on Sociel security being more understanding of my limits as a single hearing impaired l cannot work in previous field and less as in animal care . Expenses are high for hearing costs etc . They reduced my payment to cover Medicare . It is tough. Waiting for appeal date
Life is hard- chocs. /Critters/ aids off when I can and books / wanderings. So great.

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@bookysue

Hi,
I have a friend in her late 50s who was being pressured to resign as IT librarian after 30 something years. She chose to retire rather than work in such an environment but was worried about her health benefits as she has MS along with her hearing difficulty. I told her she could apply for disability social security. She wanted to sell her house and car and move into an independent facility but did not want to deplete her savings waiting until she was of social security age. She hired a disability lawyer and , to my surprise, was approved for full time disability insurance because of her hearing, not her MS.

It took only 4 weeks for approval . These lawyers who specialize in this area really know their stuff. If you apply on your own the consensus is that you will be turned down the first time around.

Just putting this out there.

Regards from FL Mary

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@imallears

@bookysue

Hi,
I have a friend in her late 50s who was being pressured to resign as IT librarian after 30 something years. She chose to retire rather than work in such an environment but was worried about her health benefits as she has MS along with her hearing difficulty. I told her she could apply for disability social security. She wanted to sell her house and car and move into an independent facility but did not want to deplete her savings waiting until she was of social security age. She hired a disability lawyer and , to my surprise, was approved for full time disability insurance because of her hearing, not her MS.

It took only 4 weeks for approval . These lawyers who specialize in this area really know their stuff. If you apply on your own the consensus is that you will be turned down the first time around.

Just putting this out there.

Regards from FL Mary

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Wow. It’s too late for me- shoots. Wish I had done the lawyer bit- I did at first with Silver and silver-they turned me down. Just remember that.i do hav leverage now-encourages me to retire at62.now they are putting me off duel coverage for Medicaid/Medicare. I filed an appeal.we will see

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Hello. I am trying to understand your message. Are you talking about SSA or your employer?

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@joangela

Hello. I am trying to understand your message. Are you talking about SSA or your employer?

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Hello, I am talking about a coworker at my job

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