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4 Great Tech Advances that help Employees with Hearing Loss Succeed

Smart, loyal, knowledgeable staff are a breath of fresh air – especially on stressful work days. If you’re an employer, you’ll know that retaining these people is an absolute priority! Employers have myriads of ways to reward great employees and encourage productivity. When you acknowledge great work, staff retention and negotiation is much easier. 

Favourite benefits include generous insurance plans, complimentary company vehicles, and extra vacation days. One of the very best benefits you can provide is an encouraging, inclusive workplace. Creating an inclusive workplace means active accommodation for your staff with hearing loss. Always value and respect your employees with hearing loss, and they’ll reciprocate!

Staff with hearing loss may experience challenges that people with perfect hearing take for granted. Your staff with hearing loss are brilliant and skilled, but it’s easy for them to be misunderstood. Technology is changing this, though! Read on for some awesome technology that help employees with hearing loss to succeed.

Image Source: PxhereVideo relay services

You’ll know the struggles of patchy reception during business phone calls. Fuzzy speakers are a challenge for any employee – but spare a thought for those with hearing loss! 

Video relay services are an awesome answer to this problem. If they use sign language, you can link your employees to a communications assistant. This assistant will relay the message to a hearing person on the other side of the phone call, and vice versa.

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Hearing aids and cochlear implants

Technology has come leaps and bounds since Miller Reese Hutchinson created the very first electric hearing aid in 1898. Even 20 years ago, hearing aids were bulky, heavy and conspicuous. Today, you can enjoy hearing aids that are sleeker and discreet, with much more power. Some are even Bluetooth enabled, ready to pair with your smartphone for ease of use. Cochlear implants are also much more advanced – but with a higher price tag than your typical hearing aid.

Hearing aids and cochlear implants are lifesavers in the workplace. Devices like these help make life much easier for people with hearing loss. With these, users will find communicating with their colleagues much easier.

Assistive listening devices

Sometimes, hearing aids aren’t enough for a person with hearing loss. In this case, they may consider using an assistive listening device. Assistive listening devices (ALDs) are awesome, as they help to separate noises. This way, you’ll hear the closest, most important sounds rather than background noise. These work for any business or personal conversation – perfect for noisy bars or offices. 

You can also use ALDs with a hearing aid or cochlear implant for even better function. These devices are amplifiers that bring noise closer to the ear. 

The best assistive listening device you may choose depends on your situation. FM systems have a transmitter microphone and receiver, great for educational and office settings. FM systems work by using radio waves to send speech to a device. Infrared systems use light-based technology. These are often available at places of entertainment, like cinemas. Inductive loop systems deliver sound through an electromagnetic field. You can pair these with inductive loop receiver. Other useful advances in assistive technology include programs like Ava. This program provides ‘subtitles’ for conversations by picking up speech and transcribing it.

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Image Source: UnsplashWorkplace assessment technology

Workplace assessments help gauge an employee’s satisfaction with their progress in the workplace. Through assessments, staff can describe any hearing issues they would like help with. Based on feedback, employers can implement changes for improved productivity and work conditions. Workplace assessments are often conducted by outside parties. Employees may find this more comfortable than discussing issues with their employers.

By using technology, taking your workplace assessment can be a breeze. Digital data is quick and easy to input and process. This time saving allows for regular assessments to help employees with hearing loss thrive. Assessors can use discreet digital surveys to clarify hearing-related needs, and how best to meet them.

If you’re employed, you’ll know how great it feels to get a say in your workplace! When you can respectfully speak your mind, you can explain overlooked problems. 

If you’re an employer, pay close attention to the unique needs of your employees with hearing loss. When you resolve these issues, you’ll see their productivity and satisfaction levels rise! Give your employees with hearing loss all they need to succeed in the workplace. As a reward, you’ll all enjoy a happier, healthier environment for your whole team at work.

Harper Reid is a creative writer from the beautiful City of Sails ~ Auckland, New Zealand. She has written articles on a wide array of topics for numerous blogs and sites, including Harrows. Visit Words and Scribbles of Harper to read more of her published work.