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How to Set Yourself up for Success at Work with Hearing Loss

Monday, April 17, 2017 9:38:43 AM Australia/Melbourne

How to Set Yourself up for Success at Work with Hearing LossWork can be pretty stressful. Heck, work can be very, very stressful. You may enjoy a thrilling and supportive week, before true colors are revealed. You may know as soon as you sign you sign on the bottom line, that you’ve just signed away far more than you bargained for.

 

It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter what your role is, or how long you’ve been on your team. It doesn’t matter who your boss is, or what your day-to-day schedule looks like. Scratch that—all of these things matter, very much! There are a ton of different criteria which help dictate if your professional life is going to be fulfilling for you. But you’re subject to an immediate setback, with negative aspects only amplified if you’re one of the millions in the country who suffer from some degree of hearing loss.

 

Five Practical Tips to Feel Empowered at Work

Never fear- it’s Hearlink to the rescue! As with any other area of your life, Hearlink has advice for our valued customers and blog readers. Remember that it’s part of our mission and ethos to ensure that you feel properly equipped with the knowledge that you need. Armed with some of the following tips and tricks, you can feel empowered to walk into your working place on Monday:

 

  1. Spread the word. We’re not talking about water cooler gossip… we’re talking about ensuring that your colleagues have the right facts. If you shirk away from sharing your story, you’re allowing your cube mates to make up their own facts about why you missed a directive or left early from work.
  2. Let them know how you hear best. If you have a hearing aid, explain how it works. If you have better hearing out of one ear, try to coach your teammates to regularly communicate to that ear. The sooner that you get this information out there, the sooner a habit will develop.
  3. Talk to HR or your Manager about room acoustics. If your office has hard surfaces or many windows, there will be exponentially more echoes. If you purchase rugs, carpets or curtains, these echoes can be muffled. These can be small non cost-intensive adjustments that can make a huge difference.
  4. Arm yourself with ambient lighting. Ambient lighting doesn’t just help your mood during the colder months of the year. It also ensures that you can properly see your colleagues throughout the day. This means that non-verbal communication is much more successful.
  5. Do your homework. Finally, know what sort of technological accessories you’ll use a day-to-day basis. It’s highly likely that most, if not all of these can be found on the market with hearing aid capabilities integrated directly into the design. This tip specifically will help you like a productive member of a unified team.

 

Hold on to this checklist and you’ll be well on your way to that Employee of the Month plaque. We know you’ve been eyeing it…

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