80 per cent of people who are deaf cite employers as a major barrier to work

Three out of four people with hearing loss feel their employment opportunities are more limited than their hearing peers, with almost 80 per cent naming employers as the major barrier according to new research by Action on Hearing Loss, to mark Deaf Awareness Week.

Their findings, which highlight the difficulties people who are deaf face at work, show that hearing loss prevented 70 per cent of people surveyed from fulfilling their potential at work and, of those that retired early; two-fifths said hearing loss contributed to their decision to retire.

Further key findings included that: 31 percent of people feel they are treated differently because of their deafness, hearing loss and tinnitus; 33 per cent of people who are deaf avoid social situations because they find it difficult to communicate; and 68% of people with hearing loss feel isolated at work as a result.

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