I have had sensory neural hearing loss since birth. My left ear doesn’t pick up any sound and I wore an analog in the right.
In 9th grade, my hearing levels dropped significantly which warranted getting an CT scan to find out why. My cochleae are abnormal and could wake up tomorrow completely deaf.
In 2016, my 19 year old analog finally gave out. I’ve been without a hearing aid since then.
My job that I’ve had since 2012 is an office situation however, my boss has asked me at least once a month whether or not I am looking for a hearing aid. I keep skirting around it because of two reasons.
- I can’t do digital and have tried 5 times over the past 15 years to get a digital with no luck.
- I can’t afford a new hearing aid AND my deductible for my health insurance. Hearing aids DO NOT count towards your deductible (which I think is discrimination)
Now I find out that my boss asked a coworker whether or not I’ve had to ask them to repeat something when we have a conversation!
My boss has known since I was hired that I am hard of hearing and could lose my hearing without warning. When my boss speaks to me, I might need a few seconds to process the sound with what I read (from their lips) but if I don’t respond immediately, I get snapped at.
Things like this make me wonder if anyone else had a problem with their boss not being understanding with your hearing loss?