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What jobs would you say would be good for deaf or hard of hearing?

Asked by jdhorkan (51points) September 5th, 2012

What jobs would you say would be good for someone who is hard of hearing going deaf. I do not know ASL fluently but working on learning it. Please HELP I want to work towards a career but don’t want to have to work 100 x harder then I should or have to depend on other people to always help me do MY job because I I cant hear. AGAIN any job ideas for hard of hearing or deaf people or signing jobs in a non deaf community would be great. Also what the job actually is if you know.

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Judi's avatar

What are your passions and skills? Being hearing imparted shouldn’t make it to hard to pursue most careers except maybe a musician or phone bank worker.
My first thought was accountant, but there are lots of jobs and since the Americans With Disabilities Act employers can’t discriminate and are required to make reasonable accommodations for you.

WestRiverrat's avatar

My sister’s husband is a Pastor for a deaf church, he also needs hearing aids to hear. He has since childhood.
He says you are looking at it the wrong way. Don’t look for a job you can do because you are deaf, look for the job you would love to do and figure out how to do it. You may have to put a little extra effort in, but you are better off doing something you like as opposed to just something you can.

My nephew was also born needing hearing aids and he is working towards becoming a pastor as well. He has his bachelor’s degree in Language Arts. He works for the local police as a translator to pay for his schooling.

ninja_man's avatar

Welcome to Fluther!

As mentioned above, there is nothing that is entirely out of your reach, at least if your goal is basic employment.

If you would rather find a place to thrive, I suggest focusing on your desires, skills, and experience first, saving your disability for last. Not that it shouldn’t factor into your decisions, only that it should not overly concern you.

As for suggestions:
Data Entry
Retail (various positions don’t really require hearing at all)

Once you learn ASL quite a few more opportunities working as an on-call translator will open up, depending on your community (the larger your community, the greater the demand will be for an expert in any given field).

YARNLADY's avatar

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hearkat's avatar

If you are in the U.S. (which I’m guessing you are, since you’re learning ASL), contact your local Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. The agency is there to help people with job training and placement. If you can be helped with hearing aids, they will also help you get the best ones for you.

filmfann's avatar

My wife worked as a beautician for a bit. She did enter a vocational rehab program that wanted to have her do data input. She didn’t like that, and now spends a lot of her time simply doing craft work and sewing.
I would say that if you are losing your hearing, you would be able to do almost anything you want. Don’t limit yourself.

jdhorkan's avatar

Ive thought about accounting but you do deal with alot of people. IDK i guess im scared I dont know any one deaf. I dont and cant even find someone else that signs just to practice with and I cant even find classes around here that arent college (which i dont hear well enough to go to) I dont want to spend all the money to go to college and then be out 50,000$ yea know Im scared
I live in a town with liek 12000 but there is no deaf community maybe closes place is in madison but yea there are deaf people but I dont know any.

WestRiverrat's avatar

If you enroll at college, they have to provide you with tutors and learning aids. You cannot be charged more than anyone else taking the same class would.

These people will help you find a local support group.

Nearly every state has a deaf school or deaf services agency. Here is a list of some of them.

jdhorkan's avatar

but ask him some questions and th but I ask him some questions and they’re completely not helpful at all. I just get transferred from 1 person to the next 1 on the transfer me to other people that don’t won’t really talk to me

jdhorkan's avatar

wow my talk to text did not send that through very well. I asked the school questions and they basicly just kept pawning me off onto the next person no asnwers at all
Thanks for ur help by the way

jdhorkan's avatar

I do not know ASL fluently so I cant have an interpreter wouldnt help me out much, but I also cant hear very well what am I suposed to do other than just look like I have no idea all the time.???

linguaphile's avatar

@jdhorkan I might be able to help, although I do think @WestRiverrat has it right—look for a set of jobs you might want and then see how you can make it work for you. Some jobs will be much more difficult than others, naturally, and some jobs are out of the question because of the legal system or the nature of the job (i.e. military service, air traffic controller, police dispatcher, etc)

You sound like you live in rural or small-town Wisconsin—the first problem with being Deaf is that there are next to no services for Deaf people in rural areas. Very few rural areas around the country have plenty of services, but most of them have very little services.

To learn ASL, your best bet would be to interact with an ASL user. You could watch YouTube videos, but there’s no way for new ASL users to indicate whether the signer on YouTube is fluent or not. It’s still a place to start.

Late-deafness is very difficult to deal with, very frustrating and confusing. I give you my full respect and empathy— I hope the answers you get here on Fluther help you make your journey easier.

Who exactly did you contact that transferred you to ‘nowhere?’

jdhorkan's avatar

I had talked to several people at a college I was planning on going back to the disability people hear abo but right now I am employe I just want to have a few better answer I don’t have insurance and in order to go to the orientation to go to tha I don’t have insurance and in order to go to the orientation to go to that meeting I have to have doctor fill out paperwork except truck just to have someone talk to me either than that all people have done is just transfer me phone line phone line we can’t help you talk to this person talk to that person I looked all over I can’t find anyone that 2 tutors or teaches asl around here

linguaphile's avatar

@jdhorkan I’m not sure exactly where you live—if you PM me, I might be able to give you better answers.

Taciturnu's avatar

My cousin is deaf. He went to NTID and became a BMW mechanic, making a pretty fair salary. He grew up around cars and always had interest in them. He had a cochlear implant put in a couple years ago that has given him partial hearing, but he’s still very deaf.

I highly encourage you to look at the things in life that bring you pleasure and try to find a career centered around one of them. There’s no reason you can’t freely choose a career like anyone else. :) Best of luck to you.

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