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Hearing loss & employment guide

Most of us take our hearing for granted and it is central to our health, well-being, communication, independence and quality of life. Over nine million people in England, approximately one in six, are living with some form of hearing loss; around 4.4 million of working age. This means there are millions of people who are willing and able to work; yet their hearing loss impacts on their employment prospects and can lead to loss of employment and difficulties in finding employment.

People with hearing loss can feel isolated at work, which prevents them from fulfilling their potential – and can even force them to leave employment altogether. This could have an impact on the productivity of a business; employers could lose valuable and skilled employees, and be left with the costs of recruiting and training new members of staff. However, with the right adjustments and employer support, hearing loss does not have to present a barrier in the workplace. By giving employees with hearing loss the support they need, businesses will profit, and people with hearing loss will benefit too.

This guide, published in May 2017, has been produced in partnership with NHS England, the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) and hearing loss charities in response to the ambition set out in the Action Plan on Hearing Loss to improve employment outcomes for young people and adults with hearing loss. It focuses on what employers can do to ensure people with hearing loss can work well and contribute their best in the workplace and provides useful hints on attracting, recruiting and retaining staff with hearing loss.

To enlarge and read the publication below, please click on ‘open’ (bottom right hand side), then use the arrows to page through it.

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