Hearing loss ‘a barrier to employment’, says charity – BBC News

People with hearing loss continue to face barriers when applying for jobs and in the workplace, according to a charity.

Action On Hearing Loss said employers need to take action to prevent stress and isolation.

A survey of more than 1,000 people found over half felt unfairly treated at work due to their hearing loss.

The charity said this is despite disability discrimination laws being in place.

Five million people of working age in the UK are living with hearing loss or deafness.

Tasha Henderson, 25, who has lived with profound hearing loss since birth said she has experienced difficulties from employers first hand.

“I didn’t declare my hearing loss in the past when applying for jobs,” she told BBC News NI.

“I had no confidence in myself or my hearing so I always felt people would treat me differently and attitudes can be stigmatised.

“I’ve had someone’s body language change as soon as I’ve told them about my hearing loss, for example I was asked about medical conditions during an interview and when I said it I knew right away I would not get the job because of the person’s body language,” she said.

The survey found 44% of people did not disclose their hearing loss because of concerns that employers would not consider them to be fit for the job.

The results showed two thirds have felt isolated in work.

“I’ve had good and bad experiences from employers – in some places I’ve had to fight to get support,” said Tasha.

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