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      I thought losing my hearing meant I’d never work again

      When Laura suddenly lost her hearing a few years ago, she worried about returning to her office-based job. Here, Laura and her manager, Steve, explain how a few simple adjustments have enabled her to continue to thrive at work.

      "Hearing loss is incredibly isolating. I was worried that my employer might view me differently or think I couldn’t do my job as well as a hearing person, which just isn’t true."
      Laura Lowles, FACT



      Our Working for Change campaign aims to improve attitudes to hearing loss in the workplace. Whether you’re an employee or an employer, we need your help.

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      Working for Change

      We're campaigning to change attitudes to hearing loss in the workplace, so that the millions of employees affected are supported to reach their full potential.

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      More workplace stories

      Hugh Strickland

      Hugh Strickland, a partner at Shrewsbury-based law firm Aaron & Partners, has hereditary hearing loss. But that hasn’t stopped him from climbing the career ladder.

      Jennifer at work

      NHS England Advisor Jennifer Stanley, 35, has had hearing loss since birth but concealed it at work. Eventually, an understanding line manager encouraged her to be open about her hearing.

      Tasha at work

      Tasha Henderson, 25, from Belfast, is an HR professional, Freelance Actor and Videographer, and has profound hearing loss. Watch Tasha challenge prospective employers to change their perspective on employing people with disabilities.

      Firefighter Steve Mintern, 51, from Berkshire, thought his career was over when he lost his hearing in both ears overnight. But thanks to a supportive employer, Steve was back fighting fires just five months later.

      EY employees Ganeev Chadha, Ben Knighton and Sarah Petherbridge all have hearing loss. But with supportive managers and workplace adjustments, they fulfil senior roles within a global organisation.

      Carl at work

      Carl Else, 34, from Sheffield is a visual merchandiser for IKEA. Here Carl, and his manager James explain how good communication has helped to offer a supportive workplace.