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Jobs for hard of hearing.....pardon?

Discussion in 'Employment & Jobs' started by Davidus, Jul 14, 2008.

  1. Davidus

    Davidus Nibble Poster

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    Hi

    A thought crossed my mind...no, honest it did :biggrin

    I'm deaf in one ear, and hard of hearing in t'other. Now, as part of my newly formed career path (I know, it can and probably will change), I'd thought about aiming for the MCDST and to me, that means possibly getting a job sitting all day at the end of the phone attempting to placate customers who for one reason or another, have either botched/misunderstood/crashed their computer/software etc (delete as necessary).

    Now for obvious reasons, that doesn't appeal to me as I'm not that fantastic on the phone. Does my deafness hinder me in gaining such an IT job, or am I just unknowledgable and that there are other jobs available to me (bearing in mind that I am changing careers and am looking for my first IT job).

    And does living out in the sticks in Devon (in the UK for those geographically-challenged lol) also hinder me as I guess that living in or near cities or larger towns would improve the job potential?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Davidus
     
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  2. greenbrucelee
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    no your hearing impairment won't hinder you, if you go for a help desk job they would prbably give you one those phones that work better when you set your hearing aid to T position, or if you have a digital hearing aid then it shouldn't matter at all.

    EDIT: our IT manager at work has tintus like me and is deaf in one ear, it hasn't stopped him.
     
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  3. Mr.Cheeks

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    You wont have no problems, there are headset that are compatiable with hearing-aids that have an inductive loopset within it.
    Remember, out of the zillion call centres out there in the world, there must be a million hard of hearing operators aswell. so the demand is there for the makers like Plantronic,BT, Mitel, whoever.
    As long as you inform the employers of your requirement, you have nothing to worry about.
    On another point, not sure whether you see this as a plus point, having hard of hearing, can be classed as a disability, and infact, most employers guarantee an interview to all disabilied candidates.

    Hope this helps
     
  4. Davidus

    Davidus Nibble Poster

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    Wow - quick replies guys and thanks for the info.

    It's always nice to know that there are others like me out there (Go deaf people go - oh, turn your hearing aids up a bit then, lol).

    Yes - I was somewhat aware of the equipment available but have spent most of my life trying to be (for want of a better word) 'normal' so avoided them.

    Time to accept facts and use the help. So yes, thanks for reminding me of this and knowing that there are other hard of hearing people out there that has eased my mind a lot guys.

    Thanks

    Davidus
     
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  5. greenbrucelee
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    No problem dude, any other questions just ask :)
     
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    David your deafness is part of you. It does not make you un-normal. I mean who really is normal? We all have some kind of disablity. I now have to use a cane if I plan on doing alot of walking. If I was embrassed by that fact I would never leave the house. Do not let it hold you back and especailly do not worry about what others think. If someone has a promble with it, remember it is their promble not yours. Live your life to the fullest because we are here for only so long. If there is something out that can help make your life eaiser or help give you a better quality life then by all means use it. Welcome to CF and it is nice to meet you.
     
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  7. postman

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    Most people don't care whatever disability you have they only care about how you do your job, it's only the minority who have a problem and my advice is - never worry about those who don't understand a disability and just ignore them.
     
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  8. BosonMichael
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    In addition to the phone-based support options mentioned above, an employer may have e-mail-based support and Web-based chat support options that you could use. In short, there are plenty of ways to overcome a hearing limitation.

    I've known two guys who were in IT despite being totally blind (both of them in programming)... and they've done quite well for themselves. There are usually ways around any disability... at least, for those who look hard enough for them, as you have done. :)
     
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  9. Davidus

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    Thanks Postman & BosonMichael. I think deafness is bad enough but blind I would say worse (to me at least) and yet you say they have overcome their disability - good for them. Thanks for the advice. It is appreciated and welcome.

    Now that I dont need to worry about that aspect of things, just got to get my study path sorted and get a job, lol - no problems.

    Once again - thanks

    Davidus
     
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  10. BosonMichael
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    For what it's worth, I don't care if you are a man, woman, black, white, gay, straight, young, old, blind, or deaf... as long as you can do the job, I want you on my team. That's the key: whether you can do the job or not. Find a way to do the job as good or better than your competition, and you're in.
     
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  11. Davidus

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    good advice. That I will certainly do. To the best of my ability...............just gotta remember where I put it. Thanks
     
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