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.
In Hearing Loss, Life, Miscellaneous Ramblings, Relationships on April 27, 2014 at 7:23 pm
By: Sara Lundquist
I thought we would all appreciate a little humor in our lives at time to time. I need to share this little funny experience our family had lately. My family contains myself, the mom, I have moderate hearing loss and try to keep our household in order. My husband is a welder that has worked in an industrial setting for more than 20 years. I have a soon 11 year old daughter that loves to roll her eyes at her mom. Last but not least a 5 year old son that has a mild hearing loss.
My husband’s employer tests everyones hearing once a year. A big semi comes to the plant and parks outside and you are assigned a time to go in the booth. Well this past year my husbands hearing seemed to drop way down. I was shocked and so was he. We kept looking to see what last year and this years audiogram and I couldn’t believe the drop. I didn’t think he seemed to have a hearing loss. Maybe I am not the best judge but he doesn’t ask for things to be repeated too often. He has the tv volume much lower than I do. So we had to wait till he could get into the doctor and they do a more comprehensive test.
I had a lot of worry over that time period. I am wondering would he need hearing aids. How are we going to afford this. They are not cheap at all and just forked out money for this item. I was thinking of my son who we were doing his new IEP at the time and we were putting in things like using the FM system and sitting in a certain part of the room. My mind was on overdrive and this just seemed to pull me over.
Well the day came and my husband had to go in. He came home with a huge smile on his face and this is what they found…..He had fallen asleep in his first test. Can you believe that, he fell asleep. He just says well I went to work at 4:30am I was tired and that booth in the truck was so quiet and warm, and a nice chair. He fell asleep, his hearing is fine. I just had to laugh. Sometimes that is all you can do is shake your head and laugh.