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Q: Would wearing hearing aids stop me from getting an English teaching job?

I'm thinking of going to China to teach English. I have moderate hearing loss and I wear hearing aids to fix it. When I wear the hearing aids, my hearing is perfect. I'd just like to know how much of an issue wearing hearing aids would be when I'm searching for a job.

6 years 18 weeks ago in  Business & Jobs - Shanghai

 
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I worked with an American in Changsha who was VERY deaf and two hearing aids - I hope you don't encounter any prejudice. Good Luck !

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Won't be an issue if your hearing is perfect with the hearing aids. Don't even bother telling any of your employers. My hearing is probably a lot worse than yours, and I still passed not one, but two health examinations.

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Not in my experience.

I am 45, and have used hearing aids since I was 36. Started working as a teacher in 2007. The only time my hearing aid gave me any trouble was in court back in 2005. The opposing counsel thought I was eavesdropping on their conversation.

In China, they just think it is a curiosity.

If they ask, just tell them that it is like glasses. You can see, but not clearly. Same thing with hearing aid (at least in my case). I can hear, but n ot clearly.

The cause was listening to heavy metal as a teenager, with headphones at full blast. Stupidity of youth....

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It shouldn't be an issue. My hearing wasn't checked in the medical and if your hearing is fine with the aids no-one will care.

 

Do expect far less tact though compared to your own country. There doesn't seem to be any real awareness of minor disabilities. 

 

A brief example being that I am going slightly thin on top and have had people asking me what 'disease' I have. Others have said thinning hair is 'ugly' and 'no like'.

 

However you will be far better prepared to adapt to Chinese life. I imagine without the hearing aids you might actually get a good nights sleep...

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No worries most people here probably have never seen the type of hearing aids you are wearing.....They might think it's a fashion accessory..

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Carry an MP3 player, don't worry about it.

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Just tell them it's teh lastest fashion accessory in the West. You'll soon find students and other teachers following the trend.

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of course you can get one ,and english teacher is a good job ,you can do it.

In China, they just think it is a curiosity.

If they ask, just tell them that it is like glasses. You can see, but not clearly. Same thing with hearing aid (at least in my case). I can hear, but n ot clearly.

The cause was listening to heavy metal as a teenager, with headphones at full blast. Stupidity of youth....

 

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