There are also times when specialist adjustments, such as using a palentypist or BSL interpreter, need to be arranged.It is important that the individual employee gets the adjustment that they require, when they require it – because no two people with a hearing impairment are the same.Wherever you work, and whatever your role, there is a strong chance that you are routinely bombarded by noise from a variety of different sources.Telephones ringing, printers whirring, music playing on the shop floor or the constant hum of colleagues talking in a open-plan office, the world of work is full of sound.
Please note that all such forms and policies should be reviewed by your legal counsel for compliance with applicable law, and should be modified to suit your organization’s culture, industry, and practices.
In meetings, presentations, networking events or interviews, a hearing impairment could have an impact on an employee’s ability to do their job, if they are not properly supported or if the working environment is not inclusive of their needs.
There can also often be an emotional response to hearing loss, which impacts on the social and wellbeing of the employee.
There are no exact figures on the numbers of people who use British Sign Language (BSL) to communicate, but the estimate is around 50,000.
An employee’s hearing can be impaired in many ways; there is a whole spectrum of hearing ability and there are lots of different causes of hearing loss, as well as a variety of possible implications in the workplace.