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How to tackle job interviews if you suffer from hearing loss

Hearing loss, especially age related hearing loss is a common condition which affects many job seekers. There are couple of strategies which will help to better manage the situation and to improve job interview chances.


Strategies to tackle phone interviews:


1. Ask for a written interview instead - employers will often conduct a telephone interview to short list suitable candidates for a face to face interview. If you have difficulty with telephone interviews due to hearing loss, you should be open about your hearing loss and request a written interview by email. Employers have an obligation to make reasonable adjustments.


2. Use a telephone aid - there are plenty of devices which can amplify sound to a level which will allow you to hear the other person on the line. These are called ALDs (or assistive listening devices) and for a job interview by telephone, an external amplifier or extra loud phone will do the job. You may also find it useful to conduct the interview in a quiet room where you can focus on listening to the interviewer rather than background noises. 


3. Conduct a mock interview - if you havenít had a telephone interview for a while or you are looking to try a new telephone amplifier, a mock interview is often the answer. The interviewer can be a friend or family member and will ensure you are ready for the real deal. 


Strategies to tackle face to face interviews:


3. Position yourself accordingly - if you find yourself in a job interview and find it hard to hear the other person, consider these strategies. Move closer and position yourself so that you are facing the interviewer. Ensure that the room is well lit and you can see the interviewer clearly. Watch the speakerís face, lips and gestures for clues as to whatís being said.


4. Fill in words - donít strain to hear every word. People with normal hearing miss words during an interview as well and Ďfill iní the missing words and understand the concept from the other sentences. You should adopt the same strategy.


5. Use a hearing aid - hearing aids are small micro-engineered computers which can amplify external sound to a suitable level. In recent years, hearing healthcare professionals have seen large changes, not just in what hearing devices can do, but how they are worn. These changes can be attributed to a reduction in the size of components, increased durability and cosmetic concerns on the part of the wearer. In most cases, the hearing aid will not be visible so any concerns of cosmetic appearance are unjustifiable. 


Job Interview mistakes to avoid:


Hearing loss is a common condition and you should disclose your condition to the interviewer to avoid unexpected concerns and misconceptions. Employers have a responsibility to make reasonable adjustments for interviews and employees. People who suffer from hearing loss without disclosing their condition or without taking steps to improve the situation might be seen as difficult to work with by their co-workers or by their managers.


Article by hearing aids seller, Hearing Direct. If you wish to find out more about hearing loss you can read our guide to hearing and hearing loss.