By: Sara Lundquist
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.