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Amplifiers, Flashers and Meters, Oh My

In Accommodations for Deaf, ADA, Employment, Hearing Loss, Uncategorized on May 1, 2017 at 8:26 am

By: Sara Lundquist

When I started my new job at the radio as the program director and a morning show host I didn’t ask for any accommodations. I had this feeling I had it all under control and I can make it work. I had this notion in my head that if I asked for any accommodations it was like I couldn’t do the whole job.  The more I worked the more I loved my job but the more I hated the phone.

I don’t spend much time on the phone but each day I have a trivia question on-air so I have callers call in with their guesses. I have asked these poor callers WHAT a few to many times, and I can’t hear the phone ring. It was time I ask for what I need. Also there are a few phone calls that enter into the program director part of my job.  I do feel fortunate that so much communication has now gone to email.

It took some real courage even though I know the law backs me asking but it is still is unnerving. I was met with an immediate positive response. I wasn’t shocked just overly excited. To have an employer who understands and I can have an open dialog with is priceless.

The next day the flasher was installed. What a great little gadget. The flash gets my attention and I don’t have the need to worry I am missing calls.

Well now I can get the calls but had to address the volume of the phone issue. Again I was met with, “if it will help we will get it”.  Now the phone is amplified!

So between the flasher, amplifier and watching the meters I can be successful in a job I absolutely love everyday.

Getting accommodations and allowing one to succeed in a career is a very freeing feeling. One so much that I decided to come out of the “hearing loss closet”. Last week when I was about to do my segment called “time-travel” I talk about what has happened on that day in history. On the particular day I noticed that the first event was the first electric hearing aid was patented. I decided this was a sign. I did disclose my hearing loss on-air. I hope it reached even just one listener. Just one that maybe can relate, maybe one that needs a hearing test and have been putting it off.  I have been urged to be myself and that is exactly what I was, it feels good. It feels good to love what you do everyday.


Working on the Radio

In Employment, Hearing aids, Hearing Loss on August 17, 2015 at 11:28 pm

By: Sara Lundquist 

I recently applied, interviewed and was offered a job as a radio operator and on air announcer. I was so excited to try something different and completely new so I took the job. 

During my interview I blurted out I was hard of hearing. I immediately thought I had shot myself in the foot. Not that I wanted it hidden the fact I am hard of hearing and and wear hearing aids but I didn’t want the persons interviewing me thinking that I couldn’t do the job. To my amazement I landed the job and it has been a huge learning experience. 

There is so much to learn!!! Learning computer programs and sound boards to tower transmitter logs. Lots of things I had never experienced before. Training was one on one so communication was good. On day 2 of training my hearing loss was brought up. I was asked the severity of my hearing loss. I am at a moderate severe loss. I was asked about my hearing aids. I was shocked. Instead of feeling like I was going to lose a job here is an employer that wants to learn and accommodate. The engineering staff was told and they offered any help with the headphones working with my hearing aids. 

One thing that was shown to me is how much of the radio is visual. Not what you think an audio thing as radio. If someone is at the door a light flashes on the wall. If we get a severe weather alert, which we did when I was training, first an alarm sounds. I was asked if I could hear it, I had to admit no I couldn’t. I was told don’t worry now watch. Right then a large orange strobe light went off in the studio area. Wonderful no stress if I can’t hear the siren watch for an orange flashing light.   Fire alarms are all flashing lights also. 

 One issue I have is monitoring the volume of my voice. My husband often will tell me to lower my voice. I worried when doing the news or weather what if I am to loud or soft. Again visual, there are meters. I know where I am suppose to be at so I can just watch the meters for the right level. 
So stress has been high from learning the business but I feel so relieved that I don’t feel that hearing or lack of hearing will affect my job. 

I just completed my first night on air. I did it with No major incidence. My husband tuned in at one point in the night and heard me and said I sounded professional. Great to hear some feedback. 

It feels good to learn something new.  It feels great to have an employer that is accommodating. 

Now to develop my on air personality, I say just be yourself.