August 26, 2013 acast018 4Comment

I almost believed a certain person that I was incapable to speak and listen using a phone system. It took me a few months to realize that I was letting a person discourage me because I no longer felt confident. There were a few occasions where I cried inside my car after work. Many people have told me that it’s against the law to discourage a person with hearing loss from using the phone system in the work environment. I already knew that, yet I decided not to do anything. I can’t believe I’m letting people continue to treat me this way. Believe me, I’m not going to let it happen again. If it does, then it’s a sign that I shouldn’t work for those kind of people. It’s not healthy for my self-esteem. 

About two weeks ago, I received an email for a possible phone interview in two days. Two weeks ago, I had to write 25 pages final, a final PowerPoint presentation, and work. It was the busiest week of my life, but I remained calm.

Was I worried or nervous for the phone interview? Not really

Did I practice a lot for my phone interview and the final presentation? No

I convinced myself that I didn’t need to practice. I felt very confident and there was no need for me to practice, but I needed to focus on completing the 25 page finals. The phone interview was pleasant and enjoyable because my interviewer spoke clearly and firm. The way she spoke made me realize that It’s not me who has a hearing problem when it comes to using a cellular or phone system. It’s the phone system and sometimes the speaker doesn’t want to speak clear and loud. In this world, there are people who care more about the reputation of their organization and the individual who has a hearing loss needs to be very careful not to many any mistakes when it comes to using the phone system. Now that it’s been a year since I last had a phone interview, I feel confident and regained my self-esteem.

4 thoughts on “Paper Finals, Work, and Phone Problems With Hearing Loss

  1. I too, was discriminated because of my hearing. Told my boss I wanted to move to full-time (retail/sales environment). He told me that I need to work on the “phone thing”, while pointing at his ears. I was really mad about that. So I called his boss and told him what was going on and he came in the next day and talked to him. Nothing came of it, but he knows not to hold me back because of that.

    1. William, I admire you for standing up for yourself. I need to do exactly what you are doing. Right now, I’m interning and was told to not use the phone because they’re afraid I’ll make mistakes. Thinking about it, they’ll never know until they give me the opportunity to show them what I’m capable of. What’s ironic is that that every time an event comes up, I’m told to stay in the office and pick up the phones. It hurts when people treat me like a dog with no respect.

  2. I too, was discriminated because of my hearing. Told my boss I wanted to move to full-time (retail/sales environment). He told me that I need to work on the “phone thing”, while pointing at his ears. I was really mad about that. So I called his boss and told him what was going on and he came in the next day and talked to him. Nothing came of it, but he knows not to hold me back because of that.

    1. William, I admire you for standing up for yourself. I need to do exactly what you are doing. Right now, I’m interning and was told to not use the phone because they’re afraid I’ll make mistakes. Thinking about it, they’ll never know until they give me the opportunity to show them what I’m capable of. What’s ironic is that that every time an event comes up, I’m told to stay in the office and pick up the phones. It hurts when people treat me like a dog with no respect.

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