Living with a hearing impairment can be challenging. While some impairments occur naturally from birth and old age, others are work-related. Research conducted by The World Health Organisation shows that about 5% of the world’s population has a hearing impairment.
Whatever the cause, many of these people face barriers when seeking employment. For people with hearing loss, there may be some jobs where overriding health and safety concerns prohibit deaf people from applying. However, someone with limited hearing can undertake most jobs on the market. For this reason, we would like to share with you 9 examples of jobs you can do if you have a hearing impairment.
Teacher for children and students with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities)
As a teacher with a hearing impairment, you can relate to children with similar or other impairments. Organisations like the National Deaf Children’s Society offer training to interact with children and students with hearing problems. You could teach a variety of subjects and enhance young people’s sign language skills.
Professional Sign Language Interpreter and Translator
Becoming a professional sign language interpreter can be a rewarding experience. You could use your knowledge to interpret what is being said to deaf audiences. As well as learning sign language in other languages to increase your demand in the industry.
You can find approved courses to become a registered sign language interpreter on the National Register of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind People’s (NRCPD) website.
Data Entry Clerk
Some organisations and businesses seek out people to manage and organise their data. Typing accurately and in a timely manner is essential for this type of job. You may not need previous experience or qualifications to get hired.
Web Designer and Developer
Organisations of all sizes require websites for their businesses. Learning how to program and design is a great mix of logic and creativity. It is an increasingly growing industry as more companies demand an online presence. To start, you will need to create your portfolio and showcase it during your interviews.
Copywriter and Author
Similarly, copywriting jobs are in high demand and are expected to grow exponentially in the next few years. Signing up for a digital marketing course is a great idea to acquire more knowledge and gain confidence. You could find work writing for Business-to-Business (B2B) or Business-to-Consumer (B2C) companies.
Alternatively, you could start your blog and make it profitable by selling ad spaces or your products, such as books, courses, guides and more.
Accountant and Auditor
If you are passionate about finances, you could start a career in accounting or become and auditor. Main duties and responsibilities include keeping track of income, expenses and ensuring accuracy in a company’s financial books.
As a social worker with hearing impairment, you can support people who need state services. You could supervise and make significant decisions for clients with hearing impairment. To become a social worker, you will need to obtain a bachelor’s degree in social work first. Additionally, there are other routes into social work, such as Postgraduate Diplomas, Master’s courses and apprenticeships,
Speech and Language Therapist
As a speech and language therapist, you will help children and adults communicate and adapt to their cochlear implants and other products. You will be required to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). To register, you will need to successfully complete an approved degree (which takes three to four years full time or up to six years part-time). There are also some postgraduate programmes which usually take two years.
As an audiologist, your primary role will be treating and preventing hearing loss. You will study hearing, balance, and similar disorders and require a postgraduate degree to start work. Audiology degrees usually take four years to complete. However, to get it, you first need to obtain a bachelor’s degree in any field.
There is a wealth of other suitable jobs for people with hearing impairment. If you are looking to start work soon, you can seek disability-friendly opportunities on our jobs board.