Friday the 3rd of March is World Hearing Day

Do you have employees who are deaf or hard of hearing?

If so, it’s likely that you’ve already made reasonable adjustments to allow these employees to carry out their job in a way that is good for both them and the company.

If not, it’s possible that you may in the future, or that you already have a colleague who is struggling but afraid to speak up.

Hearing loss isn’t that rare. Especially in older people. How you deal with it at work can make a big difference to someone’s confidence when adapting to a new way of living.

It’s a good idea to make your managers aware of the signs of hearing loss, and how flag up potential issues with staff, in a sensitive manner.

As an employer, it’s your duty to provide health surveillance to employees who are subjected to high levels of noise exposure. But even if this doesn’t apply to your business, providing or paying for hearing tests and subsequent treatment may be something that you already offer employees, or would consider offering in future.

Covering the costs of tests like these can be a good way to encourage employees who may have the early signs of hearing loss to take action.

If it’s new to you to employ staff with hearing loss or issues, it’s possible that you’ll have to make reasonable adjustments to the way they work.

This could mean providing additional tools for video calling, making phone systems compatible with hearing aids, or installing voice-to-text software.

You may also need to consider other practicalities that may not be obvious. Things like replacing hard flooring with carpets, making sure lighting is adequate for lip-reading, or even just the volume of background music you have on in the office.

Finally, make sure that employees are aware of any adjustments that they’ll need to make when communicating with deaf or hard of hearing colleagues, to eliminate any difficulties.

If we can help you make the right adjustments for employees with any form of disability, we’d love to. please contact us or give us a call on 01386 751740.

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