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Necessary accommodations for employees with hearing disabilities

On Behalf of | Oct 23, 2023 | Workplace Discrimination |

Businesses are required to ensure that all of their employees can comfortably and effectively perform their jobs. Thus, employees with hearing issues may need special accommodations.

Creating an environment where individuals with hearing difficulties can effectively perform their duties is key to promoting a fair and inclusive workplace.

Communication assistance

Employees with hearing disabilities may need sign language interpreters, speech-to-text services, assistive listening devices, or captioning on video calls. Employers should provide these assistive measures during meetings and training sessions so everyone can fully participate in the workplace.

Visual alerts

Many offices use auditory alarms in the event of an emergency. In consideration of anyone who cannot hear or is hard of hearing, employers should also incorporate visual prompts, such as flashing lights or vibrating devices. This ensures that everyone can respond in a timely fashion and promptly leave during an emergency.

Modified work hours

People with hearing disabilities may need flexible working schedules to attend medical appointments or meet unique travel arrangements. Thus, businesses should be willing to adjust schedules or offer telecommuting as an option.

Training and awareness

Every entrepreneur wants to foster a corporate culture that values diversity and inclusion. Companies should mandate training on the best ways to communicate with colleagues. The result should be a more inclusive and harmonious work atmosphere.

The law requires that employers make their workplaces accessible for anyone with a hearing impairment. When companies fail to uphold reasonable standards, employees may need to take action to lead to positive change.