Do you routinely find yourself having issues with hearing others at work? Do you find yourself often trying to lip-read to piece together conversations with colleagues? Communication can be key towards a successful career. After all, you need to be able to hear your boss’s repeated requests for those TPS reports…in order to tune them out (not that we’ve ever done that).  Gee, I hope he’s not reading this.  

In the United States, about 13% of people are grappling with some sort of hearing loss in the workplace[1]. Here are some tips that may help you improve your hearing health and restore your boardroom confidence:

1. Hear More with the Latest Hearing Aid Technology

A 2015 EuroTrak study found that upwards of 9 out of 10 hearing aid users (that’s 90% for those of you who took remedial math) found hearing aids helpful in the workplace[2]. With today’s vast improvements in hearing aid technology, it’s time for the hearing challenged to lose the lip reading and engage with their co-workers. Moreover, modern hearing devices are small enough to go unnoticed so you can remain “plugged in” with the office environment without social compromise. There have also been major advancements in sound quality, speech clarity, and comfort. So think of them like contact lenses for your ears. Except they’re for hearing, not seeing. 

2. Use Other Helpful Hearing Tools

Good listening skills are crucial for any employee or at least that’s what my co-workers keep telling me. I wonder why they keep saying that? Anyway, if your hearing loss is flying under the radar at the office, your co-workers may think you just aren’t paying attention if you ask them to repeat themselves, well, repeatedly. Communicating over email (or Slack, if you’re a millennial), holding meetings in quiet rooms and wearing hearing aids should help improve comprehension. If that doesn’t work, you could try other types of technology such as hearing aid compatible phones or an Assistive Listening System. We’ll let you Google that one.

success tips at workplace with hearing loss

3. READ the HLAA Employment Toolkit

The Hearing Loss Association of America has developed a free Employment Toolkit[3] to help people struggling to hear their colleagues. It’s a good read and covers a variety of topics including:

  • Strategies for job interviews
  • Understanding your legal rights in the workplace.
  • Utilizing hearing aids to help you be able to lend an ear (and an idea) during your next meeting.
  • And much, much more…

To access this toolkit – it’s free! – simply visit this link.

interview with hearing loss

Careers can be stressful for a number of reasons (I’m getting a little stressed just trying to finish this blog), but hearing challenges are a completely solvable issue. So, save yourself the stress and try some of our tips for hearing in the workplace, they might just supercharge your career. But don’t take my word for it, here are some of our customer stories on how wearing Eargo has greatly improved their work life and career. If you have any questions about Eargo Plus, please feel free to call us at 1-800-734-7603 to discuss how Eargo might supercharge your career.

Disclaimer: Eargo is designed to improve your hearing, not your work ethic or ability. That is still your responsibility. Our lawyer made me throw that in.

Sources

[1] http://www.cbsnews.com/news/1-in-8-u-s-workers-has-some-hearing-loss-cdc
[2] http://www.hearingreview.com/2016/06/hearing-aids-improve-hearing-lot

[3] http://www.hearingloss.org/sites/default/files/docs/HLAA_Employment_Toolkit.pdf

[4] https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/hearing-loss-communication-in-the-workplace
[5] http://www.betterhearing.org/news/addressing-hearing-loss-job-should-be-workplace-wellness-priority