My son developed and ear infection leading to Single sided deafness in his honours year. He still battled thru the worry and graduated. This last year has seen him like many youngsters struggle to get that first decent full time job. All thru this he has preferred to not use hearing aids and to live without disclosing to others who don't know. He says he just adjusts to the situation.
He has recently got his first job but at no time has he revealed to his employer he has SSD. He thinks he can hear so it is not there business
If the employer asks him to do a medical what are his and the employers rights with regard to disclosure. Could the employer see this as hiding something and hence terminate his contract
I just don't know enough but very concerned as I think it would be a devastating blow if it goes pear shape
Could someone advise on this
Thanks for this interesting discussion. I am an engineer (working in the office and lab) and I was also wondering which limitations SSD people could have in their professional life. Of course it is not possible to become a pilot or a trooper, but how about any detailed regulamentation or law prescriptions for "regular" jobs? Any experiences? Thanks!
I lived with SSD for 65 years, before I lost the lot. It didn`t stop me finding a job. It only became a nuisance if someone was talking on my deaf side, but turning my head helped with that. You adjust to it, and get on with your life. Good luck to your son, for not letting it ruin his life.
Thank you for that prompt reply. His deafness in one ear is total but the other ear is perfectly fine. That is a dilemma as I do think he could be in some situations eventually were others are affected. But I guess that will happen in all walks of his life.
I will let him know he has no reason to disclose other than responsibility to others.
You don't say how bad the SSD is. If it is fairly mild he will probably be OK. I have a friend with severe SSD but most people don't even notice.
Sometimes people find a hearing aid useful as it gives some sound on the bad side and helps to even things up. Modern hearing aids can be very small and easily concealed by a bit of long hair.People are not obliged to give details of their hearing loss. Many of us do because it is blindingly obvious that we have a problem so there's no point in faking it. If your son is managing then that will be deemed good enough. It's only if he makes some kind of disastrous mistake through mishearing that it might matter, especially if someone else is put at risk. It's best to be open about it in the long run and SSD is not usually a major problem as long as the other ear is OK.