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How does being deaf impact a person's ability to work?

Asked by MyNewtBoobs (19026points) September 27th, 2010

How does being deaf impact what kinds of jobs a deaf person can get? Does it hurt their chances of jobs where they have to talk on the phone? What if no one else in the office knows sign language?

Apologies if I said something insensitive – please feel free to pm me and correct my mistake :)

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SamIAm's avatar

i don’t really know at all but i would think that working in a factory may be off limits. any job that would require you to be alert and aware of sounds so that you don’t get hurt, otherwise the employee would be too much of a risk.

as for working in an office, it’s the same as living in a world where everyone else can hear. there are probably other ways to communicate, like by writing for example. if anything, it’s probably just a little lonely. i don’t know what i would do if my world was silent, my thoughts would probably drive me insane

BarnacleBill's avatar

Deafness would preclude certain occupations. Many people who are deaf are adept at lip reading. It hasn’t hindered Marlee Matlin’s acting career.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Yes, it can impact their ability to get certain jobs. If we rule out discrimination, it could come down to the lack of technology. I hope you don’t mind, but I’ve sent your questions to a friend who is hearing-impaired for his insight. I’ll let you know if he responds.

Kayak8's avatar

I have had deaf employees without issue. With the exception of answering the phone, there were very few things he was not able to do quite well. My signing improved dramatically as a result of him being around everyday and I learned a lot of new signs (and a fair amount of slang).

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