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Jobs with hearing loss: which ones can you do?

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HINT: You can do any jobs with hearing loss.

The other day Srinivas—one of my readers—asked me a question:

“I know you’ve talked with lot of people with hearing loss. What kind of jobs do they do? I am asking because I sometimes feel exhausted working in a company, and I thought freelancing might be a good fit for me.”

For a few seconds I started to mentally list which jobs with hearing loss the people I know do. Then I stopped abruptly.

Wait a minute.

No need for a list. You can do anything you want to do!

My answer:

“Srinivas, there are very few jobs that you cannot do just because of your hearing loss. But—given your hearing loss—there may be many jobs you think you can’t do.”

This point is important, so let me repeat it: “Because of your hearing loss, there may be many jobs you think you can’t do.” And that mindset can really work against you.

The truth is: When people don’t realize they are capable of doing the job they want, they tend to settle for work they don’t feel passionate about.  With just a little attitude correction, these people can rock jobs they love.

Granted, because you have a hearing loss, you probably can’t become a jet pilot. Just like you can’t be a jet pilot if you don’t have perfect sight. Astronaut is out. But astronauts need way more than perfect hearing. But those two careers don’t account for the 99% of jobs out there, surely.

That 99% is available to you. Today.

The big mistake I see people make, and I’ve done this myself in the past, is to look at a job they’d like to do, a job they could love, and think they can’t do it because they can’t do it exactly like someone else is doing it.

Let’s look at an example
Consider Mr. J. J. Sharpguy, an experienced account executive in the construction business. For twenty years he’s successfully met new customers every day. Recently his hearing ability has diminished, and suddenly seeing new clients all the time isn’t as easy as it used to be.

Seeing people in noisy construction sites is draining the life out of him. Most of his energy is spent trying to figure out what his clients are saying. After only a few hours, he’s so exhausted he can’t think of any winning things to say to his customers. He can’t even keep them engaged. It’s over, he thinks. He can’t do the job anymore.

Or can he?

Perhaps he just can’t do the job exactly like he used to.

It’s more likely that J. J. needs to acknowledge that Hearing Loss has barged into his life. Now he must manage the situation, using his hard-earned skillset. He’ll get busy and figure how to let hearing loss into his life; he’ll adjust his role so he can still do his job well and have fun while doing it.

Do it differently

Often—when you face a job situation that hearing loss has made difficult—you don’t need to change dramatically. If you don’t want to give up meeting your customers, but you want to preserve your energy, keep one or two days in your week free of meetings to become really productive and recharge. (Introverts, with or without hearing loss, often use this strategy to excel.) It can work for you.

Or, if you can see fewer new customers and more existing customers, whom you are familiar with, that would relieve some pressure.

Remember, hearing loss it’s like handling another trait of your personality. The more aware you are of it, the better you will handle it.

Unnecessary struggles of youth
In my first year of university, I wouldn’t wear hearing aids, yet (that comes the following year). The lecturer spoke with his back to the class, as he was scribbling on the whiteboard. And I struggled to hear. It was stressful.

But worse—I wanted to teach, too.

If I couldn’t hear him, how could I be a lecturer myself? How could I hear any of the questions from the audience? How could I do any type of teaching job?

I didn’t even know that I wanted to work in education at the time, but the thought that I would never be able to saddened me deeply.

See? That’s what I thought. That I’d never be able to do something I really cared about.

Little did I know that in the years to come I would teach many workshops, I’d be invited to do public speaking, I’d work with thousands of school teachers in the UK to help kids learn about making mobile apps, and finally, I’d be teaching about hearing loss through Superhuman Hearing. All of this in English—a language I didn’t speak properly until age 30.

One step at a time
All I had to do was to make incremental adjustments. First, I disclosed my hearing loss to others, and that allowed me to ask for help. For the workshops, I hosted them in small rooms with only a handful of people. With public speaking in large rooms, I made sure the audience asked their questions using a microphone.

When I worked with teachers in the UK, I joined a charity called Apps for Good, and I worked behind the front lines, giving teachers the tools they needed to help the kids. Nowadays, I’m teaching about hearing loss online, and from the other side of the world!

It turned out that with some adjustments I managed to do what I loved in my own unique way. And overtime I realized that I love education because it has the power to change people’s behavior, and that can change the world.

These adjustments worked wonders for me. Your goal is to find out what works for you.

So what do you really want to do?
If you’re thinking about a new career or adjusting your current role, don’t think: “What can I do in spite of my hearing loss?” Rather, think: “What do I love to do?”

“What do I have fun doing? What energizes me?”

Dale Carnegie, who wrote the bestseller How to Win Friends and Influence People, once said: “People rarely succeed at anything unless they have fun doing it.”

Whether you have hearing loss or not, you’ll do better at things that you like doing.

Once you’ve figured out what you like to do, and you identify a job, the second step is to ask yourself: “How can I do it?”

What adjustments do you need so your hearing loss doesn’t become an obstacle? How do you train people around you? And what accessories can help you do a better job?

Who can you ask for help?

Don’t hide
If you choose a job that involves few social interactions in your day, ask yourself if that’s what you truly enjoy.

I spent years working in server rooms (refrigerated rooms full of computers and no people) before realizing I wanted to work with more people and fewer computers.

I realized that I was doing this job—not because I liked it—but because it was easy.

One day, I disclosed my hearing loss to my manager and my colleagues, and in a little time, dealing with clients and meetings became easier. I told my manager I’d like to work with clients abroad, and they sent me to all parts of the world. That completely changed my life.

Don’t pick a job just because it’s easy, and don’t stay in your existing one because you don’t have to deal with people much. If dealing with people is what makes you happy, find a way to do it that works for you.

What about you? I’m curious…
What adjustments have you made to make your job work for you? Or what job would you love to do but feel that your hearing loss is holding you back? Let me know in the comments below.

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Comments 45

  1. Hi Gianluca,

    Remember our conversation?
    I think I shared with you that I had no choice, but to retire, from my career (speech pathology) of 20 years. For 20 years, I worked with Autistic children and other special needs kids…loved my was my life…my purpose in life.
    When I became more HOH (almost deaf) over the last few years, I realized that, if I kept working, I’d be a danger to myself, to the staff and to the children.
    I can no longer work. At age 65, I’ve made a new life for myself. I’m one of the lucky ones, who was granted lifetime disability.
    But, others in my field (i.e., teachers, Speech pathologists, etc.), cannot work.
    Very sad.
    So, not to be a downer, but, there are careers that are really off limits, because we need to be able to hear what others say..especially in emergency situations. And, believe me, there were many days when there were emergencies, almost all day long.

    1. Hi Ronnie Kaufman,

      This post is a little old, so I’ll comment all the same…

      Since my diagnosis of an acoustic neuroma which has caused single sided deafness and dizziness you’re the first speech pathologists with hearing loss I’ve finally found. I’m also a speech pathologist. I’m very sorry your hearing is so bad, and fear you must feel very tired and possibly frustrated at times. I hope you realise how much you’ve helped me in using this means of written communication. I say this because I unfortunately also suffer from deafness (but only on one side) and often feel depressed, and alone in this situation and unsure if I can continue working as a speech pathologist.

      Thankyou for writing this comment, and I hope you’re doing well.

      I agree that there are certainly many jobs that can not work for some people with deafness, i.e. musical jobs, too, or possibly so many jobs that need lots of communication, like social workers, teachers, etc.

    1. Paramedics need to be able to hear doctors order without mistake, hear heart and breathe without error. Hear alarms from ventilators. Error with hearing could cost a life. I had to retire from my job as a respiratory therapist because I could no longer hear the MD orders correctly during an ermgency situation. And the ventilator alarms were in a raneed I could not hear. I’m deaf in one hear and have profound hearing lose in the otherror ear. The hearing aid I wear is top of the line, but still did not compensate to where it was safe for me to do my job. I did used an amplified stethoscope for years. Which did help

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        I probably wouldn’t trust my hearing in an emergency type of job either.

        We can’t do things like everyone does them can we?

        But I would hope/imagine that with your training you could do work outside a role in emergencies?

        Did you retire from work completely or did you adjust your role into a more suitable one for your new hearing?

  2. Hi,

    I work as IT manager, in a very technical area, so very close to the situation you described with the server rooms, etc. The last years I’m evolving to a process and digital consultant in the same company, so my job now needs more interaction in a multinational environment. I’m Spanish and English is a language I have studied a lot, but I suffer when I have to manage a conversation, speacially on the phone, without visual clues. Because this problem I sometimes don’t feel myself able to do my job at 100%, and sometimes I think with practice and hours of conversations I will be able (I don’t know exactly if my problems come only because my hearing problem or if training hard in English I can improve). Anyway, I don’t feel myself able enough to do the next step in my career. I have received offers to be IT director, but my hearing loss make me feel I’m not capable of doing it, since conversations in English by phone are a must. Given that your natural language isn’t English, I would appreciate a lot some words about your experience regarding oral comprehension.

    Thank you

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      Hi Sergio,

      Early in my career, I was a hotline engineer for clients all over the world, and my English was very very basic. The phone didn’t ring often but when it did it was stressful!

      One thing that helped me in those days was to ask the client to send me a summary via email describing the problems we discussed via phone. This tended to work well for short emergency calls but for more regular or longer meetings here is what I do:

      – I always send a summary to everyone after every meeting I run, whether in person or over the phone. This gives a chance to the other parties to comment if something was misunderstood or missed. If I don’t run the meeting but I’ve been assigned follow-up actions only verbally, I write an email or chat to the person in charge to confirm I’ve understood the assignment.

      I’ve found that this is good practice for communication in the workplace as people often walk away from a meeting having different ideas of what was said. This happens with or without hearing loss.

      – During a conversation, I often rephrase key points to confirm that I understood correctly

      – I use video calls when possible. Even without the video I still prefer Skype. It’s usually louder and sometimes clearer.

      – I schedule my calls instead of being available all the time. This gives me the chance to move to a quiet place and mentally prepare for the call. If someone unexpectedly calls me when I’m in noise I text or answer quickly that I’m in the middle of something and that I will get back to them asap (after moving to quiet place). I usually find that when a call is scheduled the other party is more eager to use Skype.

      Hopefully, these techniques will work for you too, but ultimately it’s about experimenting and finding what works for you, one little improvement at the time.

      Now, to your main point: I agree that it’s tough to figure out if you’re struggling to understand a phone conversation because of your language skills or your hearing loss.

      What can you do to figure out the limits of your language comprehension?

      I knew, for example, that my oral comprehension really varied from person to person.

      During my first years working in English, I was confident that I could take a call with a non-native English speaker but I would always struggle with native speakers. This was a language problem because I also struggled with visual cues.

      When I developed the skills to understand native speakers, I’d find it easier to understand Americans rather than British (perhaps because of all the US movies I watched). I couldn’t deal with Australians. Scottish were hard even with visual cues (that got better after I spent two years in Scotland)

      What I’d recommend for you is to become aware of your language limitations, as well as hearing limitations. By doing so, you’ll become more aware of what you can handle and make a more informed choice when it comes to accepting a new role.

      A starting point for you could be to call an English speaker you know over the phone and if you can deal with that, then you can slowly take on harder challenges like speaking to a person you’ve never met and see how you’d do. Then try over video and see how different that is.

      I’d experiment to become aware first and I’d make an improvement plan later.

      Email me to if you want to do a test call with me.

      1. Hi I’m a young of 19 years old from Ecuador I came to Canada 2 years ago and I realize about my hearing was not good and I went to many doctor looking for a cure and they didn’t support me they told me that I can’t be good student , I can’t get high marks , I will need a special classroom for me , I will never speak English and they just wanted me to buy the “heareing aids” and many of this seller tried to sell me the most expensive hearing aids that I didn’t need but I found a place where I could find support and get the right hearing aid for me and now I can speak English not good enough but I keep trying and learning . I have finished my high school and got two honor rolls and now I’m going to college and there is when I start having difficult to find what shoul I study I like to build things I would like to study for contruccion technology but Im very aware that there will be a lot of noise . That’s made me feel sad and I ask to everyone for an advice about what should I study ? International business-financial manager-social worker -some ideas please . I will be very thankful

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          My advice would be to study something that you like (or you think you like) and that it’s not too specific, so that you keep your options broad when it comes to choosing a career. I’d go with a university that offers you the support you need. You can contact the accessibility office and enquire.

  3. Great article. Sorry for the delayed comment but I’ve been away a couple of weeks. Let me say that if you want it bad enough, it is possible to do just about anything. I came from a background of poverty and little education. I went deaf from about 15 or 16 through to about 30 when I had radical mastoidectomies on both ears leaving me with about 15% hearing in just one ear. Despite that, I’ve got an extensive education (don’t ever ask me about university lecturers with beards), been a very senior bureaucrat, been a senior executive and CEO in various jobs in the private and charitable sectors and ran my own national consultancy for nearly 20 years. Indeed, I still work three days a week at age 68, advising local government on how to review their processes and services.

    I say all that not to boast but to say that I couldn’t have done it on my own – you do need to ensure that people understand your physical limitations while ensuring that the value of your work transcends those limitations. Secondly, you need to have to come to terms with telling people that you’re deaf and that you need to see their face and for them to not cover their damn mouths with their hands and all the 1001 things people do that make hearing even more difficult. And thirdly, you have to learn to live with being tired. Listening can be such hard work that a day of clients and then study can leave you exhausted. BUT, it can be done.

    So, good luck with deciding what you’d like to do and then good fortune in making it work despite the difficulties and challenges.

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  4. Great article Gianluca!
    I can really relate to your example of how you felt during lectures in university. I (24, German) am severely hearing disabled but not deaf, which enabled me to go to university. However, not without difficulties. In the lectures I only understood around 10% of what was said. The rest I had to study from the power point slides and from notes provided by my friends. Despite that, I felt the desire to proceed in an academic career. I am now studying Biomedicine in Stockholm after absolving an internship in America – all that in English. It is difficult, for sure, but as you said, you have to try follow your dreams and make small adjustments instead of surrendering before even starting.
    I will try to explain some small adjustments we made: In science it is important to give public speeches to present your research results and afterward discuss the data. My biggest problem was always the questions asked by the audience, because I couldn’t understand them. That’s why I asked a fellow researcher, who I understand very well, to place himself in the front of the room close to me and repeat questions in case I didn’t understand them. That helped me a lot. Further problems include the loud background noises that are common in laboratories, the high frequency alarm signals of laboratory machines that I cannot hear and so on. It’s hard to always take care of that, but I am living my dream!
    A while ago I assisted the teaching of undergraduate students. That’s when I developed the idea to become a teacher/professor one day too. I really enjoyed it. As you mentioned above, there will be some difficulties in interacting with the students. However, I am sure I will find a way to solve that too.

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      I’m glad you found the article useful Leonie. And I’m glad you agree that you can follow your dream, as long as you work hard on adjusting to the world and adjusting the world to yours 🙂

  5. I was an elementary school teacher for a year in Korea. My contract ended around the same time as my hearing loss. My new teaching contract in Saudi starts in September. I am very worried about how I am going to handle teaching a classroom full of 8 year olds again! And more worrying than the hearing loss is the hyperacusis I have that came with my hearing loss. It basically makes certain frequencies and volumes painfully loud to me. I really love children and teaching and it used to be fun for me. I hope it still is fun when I start teaching again for the first time since the hearing loss and hyperacusis.

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      Thanks for your comment Qissara, you’re probably going to have to plan and adjust a bit for the new job. As our hearing changes, our skills for communication also need a refresh!

  6. Hi Gianluca
    I’m currently having poor word recognition next to my hearing loss and it is disturbing to the point where i do not understand myself anymore… and i just bumped into your blog because i actually typed on google ” what types of jobs could i work with my hearing loss” . It is just very hard to deal with , being super sociable to not being able to understand what people are talking around me … just wondering if you also have this problem or is it only hearing loss which could be adjusted by wearing hearing aids… ( i myself , am wearing the newest tech.l for OTICON and it is not helping at all ) because its not only about hearing , I’m having difficulty in comprehending whats been said… How can i come out of this depressing mindset .. I literally feel that i cannot do anything anymore . whats worse is that I’m a fresh graduate

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      Hi Hania, hang in there.

      Allow yourself time to understand what you can do to improve your hearing and word recognition. When the situation is more stable you can start figuring out what kind of communication you can handle.

      When you know that, then you can think of what you need to do the jobs you want.

      One step at the time and you’ll make it.

      Whatever your level of hearing loss there will be a job for you, you just need to be able to configure the way this job works for you. For inspiration, read the success story of profoundly deaf entrepreneur Tina here:

      And sign up for my newsletter for my weekly tips on hearing loss:

      Again, things might look really bad right now, but try to take it one step at the time.

  7. The point that people with hearing loss “can do anything”–with adjustments– is true enough. I find that jobs with phone work–which are about 98% of any job—are impossible for me. Caption phones aren’t all that reliable or a solution that would work for me in the workplace. In addition, at what point in the interview do you mention to the prospective employer that one would need tech help for phone, conference calls, large rooms etc.

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      The adjustment you require depends on your hearing loss. For example, I can do fine with phone calls as long as I can stream the audio directly into my hearing aids. I would struggle otherwise.

      For the captioning, some services are better than others, I hear from a good source that is close to real-time. Maybe you could give it a try.

      If you approach an equal opportunity employer they should not discriminate if you disclose at any stage of your interview. In reality this might happen and it might require us to go through some failed interviews. However, an employer who would discriminate you because of your hearing loss it might not be an employer worth working with.

      Regarding the 98% required in any job. That’s matter of niche and job type, it’s not the case in my niche. For me, most of the communication has shifted to asynchronous text. I communicate mostly via chat or email. With the occasional video call, which is easier than audio only because of the visual support.

      1. Thanks for your response. When you say streaming from your phone, you mean your cell, right? What about landlines with captions? I’ll check out this caption phone link but I see the company’s in England. I’m in the States.

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          Hey Susan!

          You can stream the audio from both landlines and cells into your hearing aids. For landlines you need a special phone that connects to your hearing aids directly or you can use a connector. This is an example of such special phones:

          You’re right, the 121caption company is UK based but all they need is to receive an audio stream and you can read the caption on your screen. They can technically work from anywhere but it’s probably worth asking if they work with US customers.

  8. I recently quit my job because of others in my office told me i wasnt doing my job. I had other jobs they didnt have. Over the 9 years I worked with others that understood me. My job had changed where i had to wait on patients take information from them. Before that I was doing charges on computer half a day. Im a profound hearing impaired wear hearing aide. They dont understand what its like. I tried explaining to them that the aides dont always help. I just got tired of being bully. Now im trying to find a job that I can do to get my 8 years and retired. I get people calling and just wanting to stick me anywhere. Trying to find out how to contact people that will worked with me.

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      I’m sorry Lori you’re having a hard time. It can be difficult for people who are used to work in a certain way to change, and to understand what we (people with hearing loss) are going through. I encourage you to not give up and create a plan. Good luck!

  9. Hi Gian, I am a mother of two kids and and sister to four siblings and a virtual assistant also. I have hearing loss in my right ear. My left ear is ok. I can still understand those people talking to me but it is very hard doe me to catch those words when they talk fast. I am really embarassed whenever I ask them to repeat what they said. And now I am planning to work abroad to earn money for my kid’s future. I am worried I won’t pass those screening because of my hearing problem.

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      Hi Glendy, it’s common to feel ashamed although irrational. It’s not our fault if we can’t hear well!

      I suggest you get comfortable disclosing your hearing loss with people you’re comfortable with, once the secret is out, you’ll feel less ashamed of asking for repeats. It’s about being transparent with yourself about what you can and cannot do, and being transparent with others as well.

      In most cases, it’s about doing your job well, rather than hearing everything.

  10. Thank you. Im just trrying to figure out what I can change too. Thats the hardesr. You know its sad i qorked for a big organization too.

  11. Feeling the same ; I have a pitch deafness which I’ve adapted life around for 20 yrs , I can hear people talk but cannot understand comprehension as such as I miss certain letters I watch tv with subtitles . I am too wanting a easy work environment to see me out 8 yrs . My current job required a medical in which I failed but was accepted in position with conditions but this job is coming to an end . Trying to come up with ideas on what I can do is leaving me frustrated and I hate having to explain deafness to people

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      I understand that explaining our deafness to people isn’t necessarily pleasant, but if you try with some humour and do it often, it becomes easier and easier. I often tell people I just met about my hearing loss in the first 5 minutes of conversation. This allows me to get the “big secret” out and move on with more juicy topics!

      So I’d say, hang in there and try to explain tirelessly to everyone how to speak to you, it’s a good investment in yourself. Because when people know how to speak to you, you live a more relaxed life!

  12. My jobs not working made the mistake of trying to work at star bucks. My ears hurt so bad by end of shift. New manager is getting irritated. I keep being told different things then theres all the customers. Trying hear there order. Im losing my mind

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      Hi Jenny,

      hang in there. Remember: with hearing loss you can do many things but not the same way everybody else does them. Take a step back and try to figure out if you can really do well at your job in its current shape. If not, you could try and speak to your manager about your needs and try to make some adjustments. Maybe there’s a role for you where you don’t have to speak to customers all day long, or perhaps you could mix it up. A few hours taking orders and a few hours doing something else that doesn’t require you to hear rapid-fire talk in super loud environment.

      If that should not work you might have to find something else that does.

      In short:

      – try to make your current job work by making adjustments
      – don’t hide your hearing loss from your manager, or she/he will misjudge you
      – it may not work out, you’ll have to take a step back and figure out another plan

      I hope this helps.

  13. Hi Gianluca,
    I just Read your inspiring post. I am severe hearing impaired but for 17 years wearing hearing aids. I got so good in that that people do not notice my disability; only I know how much effort my every day life costs me. I just had an ear infection which caused complete loss of hearing in one ear. Even though this is likely to go I got very worried my life is over… You uplifted me with this artocle a lot. Thank you!

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      I’m glad you found my article inspiring. Thanks for your feedback. This type of feedback is the reason why I create content online and coach hearing aid users.

      Remember, there are people out there who are successful even with no residual hearing left. It’s normal to be scared but when things change we have to remember that we need to re-learn and adapt.

      Good luck!

  14. I recently heard about and began using a fabulous caption app for smart phones:

    The above site with give you info and you can get the app from your phone. It seems to be better for me than my landline caption company.

    Different topic: I had been a serious folk dancer for over 20 years but my hearing loss has made it more and more difficult to hear–as in ‘catch’ the tunes–in order to dance to them. This isn’t a situation where I can stream anything directly into my ears. I’ve tried the Music setting on my aids as well as trying to tweak a more direct sound with my iPhone but alas it’s ineffective. The loss of the majority of this passionate hobby is quite difficult. Are there tech options I don’t know about which may help me further?

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      Hey Susan! I’m happy you’re finding captioning helpful 🙂

      Regarding the dance: would you be able to hear the music if it was streamed in your ears directly?

      If you can’t, I’d probably try to get some advice from the deaf community (not hearing loss) to see how and if they do dance without hearing the music (I am ignorant in this matter).

      Would you be suitable for a cochlear implant?

      If you can hear the music if it was streamed, then I’d look into long range streaming options. FM has about 10 meters reach or more. You could also ask in my community group Hearing Hacks, to see if someone has some idea:

      Good luck and keep up the problem solving approach!

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        If you can hear the music, another thing to figure out would be the frequencies that you need to “catch the beat” and optimise a program for those (you might bring a tune to your audi and test this program in the clinic). Perhaps the Music program you have isn’t optimised for you to catch the beat but for a more generic music listening experience.

      2. I agree we all need to be monitoring technology changes. It’s just so difficult since there’s no single source I’ve found. But, yes, cochlear implants are now being attached directly to the skull, i.e. no over the ear to fall off when you’re dancing. Bottom line, we need to advocate for the technology we know in practice and real life that we need. I hope you find a way to keep dancing. It must be such a joyous part of life. Regards Kevin

  15. Thank you for your responses!

    I never heard of long range streaming options. Wow. I don’t know what that means exactly but I’ll ask my audiologist. I will definitely ask on your FB page.

    As far as cochlear implants: The prospect of killing my residual hearing is uncomfortable for me right now though I’m always willing to reevaluate.

    Your point about frequencies is a great one! I don’t know about this stuff so glad to learn.

  16. hi I need some advises. well I live in ivory coast ( west Africa) and i studied electrical engineering. I choose this field not because I love it but because it’s easy to get a job. after my first year of university I knew that this field doesn’t match my personality and that my hearing loss made things harder. so I considered quitting but my family said NO. at this time I knew I needed to do something that I really love so I would be able to stand the odds and enjoy it . my family thought I said that because I am not courageous enough. it’s been 5 years now after I got my grade in electrical engineering that am jobless. I took 4 training lessons in different companies thinking that I would end up loving it enough but it just stressed me more and more. my hearing loss and my short sight just get me lost.
    last Monday, I was called to work as a Production Technician in a factory that only requires communication by talkie walkie and observation. A Production Technician works among machines( motors with noise etc…) take cares of them and report anything abnormal to operators..
    What am I supposed to do?

  17. Hi my name is Kathyann, I live on Staten Island, NY, I am a Medical Assistant, but I am also hard of hearing in both ears, I have a hearing aid for my left ear, but none for the right, because I cannot afford it. Due to this issue when wearing my hearing aid it does not balance out my hearing, so I still miss things that are being said. Because of this I feel ashamed, so often I do not wear my hearing aid. I do not socialize much with people because I cannot always hear what they are saying and don’t want to ask one to repeat their selves. I recently walked away from my job because of this issue, and yet I love what I do . My interactions with patients is awesome, but not with coworkers and other employers, I’m confused, help!🙏

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      Hi Kathiann, you seem to know that getting another hearing aid will help. I’d focus on that first. Figure out the minimum you need and see how you can get your hands on that sum. Maybe it’s matter of savings for a while. And do your research to find the best possible deal.

  18. in my personal view good interpretation of spoken words is depends upon speaker tone & level of voice frequency that matches ones loss of hearing level. means too loud talking create pain uneasyness low confidence . i hear & understand well if a person speak a lillte loud than too loud . Can anyone experience same issue

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