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      Recruiting people who are deaf or have hearing loss

      Research tells us that people who have hearing loss may feel reluctant to disclose their hearing loss during the application process for fear of being looked at less favourably. Equally, they may be put off applying for jobs because of concern that their communication needs won’t be met during the interview process.

      By following a few easy steps, you can make sure that prospective employees who have hearing loss both see your advert and feel comfortable asking for any support needed during the application process and interview.

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      Around 12 in every 100 employees have hearing loss, so make sure your job adverts reach and attract potential candidates from this wide pool of talent.

      To make your application process accessible for people who are deaf or have hearing loss, offer communication support and take a flexible approach.

      Finding out about communication needs and making any required adjustments for the interview will ensure candidates with hearing loss aren't unfairly disadvantaged.

      Make it clear that having hearing loss or any other disability or health condition is OK, so you can support your employees to bring their whole selves to work.