Job hunting may be nerve-wracking, especially if hearing loss or impairment is involved. But don’t fret.

Keep in mind that there are plenty of other job seekers out there dealing with hearing loss.

Here are some tips and tricks that may be useful to those going through this harrowing experience.

Hearing Loss and the Interview: The Cover Letter

Although it is important to be truthful, it’s unnecessary to mention any hearing issues to a potential employer unless it prevents one from doing an expected job task. In that case, balance it out with strengths.

For instance, someone who has difficulty leading conference calls can say that they are experienced at working with computer software and can easily set up video chat programs.

Hearing Loss and The Phone Interview

If an employer says a phone interview is a next step, it’s okay to ask for an in-person interview instead. Employers have obligations to make reasonable adjustments and the Americans with Disabilities Act prevents discrimination against qualified employees. It’s important to be confident and take solace in the fact that if a phone interview was requested, it’s great news.

To inquire if an in-person interview is possible, simply ask: “Is a face-to-face meeting a possibility? I am hard of hearing and sometimes have difficulty on the phone and I feel I would better represent myself person.”

There’s nothing like face time: having the opportunity to make a good impression is advantageous.

If the interviewer cannot meet in person, the phone interview should be scheduled during a quiet, distraction-free moment. If possible, use a hearing aid with telecoil or Bluetooth functionality.

Hearing Loss and The In-Person Interview

When meeting a hiring manager in person, make sure to adjust the hearing aid to a proper setting (one that would be used for conversation). Also, make sure that the interviewer is in clear view; watch for gestures and read lips to understand what is being said.

More importantly, stay relaxed and don’t worry about straining to hear every word. Let the brain do the work by filling in the missed words by understanding concepts from surrounding sentences. People with normal hearing do the same.

Then there’s that question, “What are your weaknesses?” Be honest, but also be confident.

Hearing loss is not one of them! Sell your skills, demonstrated competencies, experience, and personality.

Technology and Audicus hearing aids are there to help.

by Esther Shasho