The mission of Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is to open the world of communication to people with hearing loss by providing information, education, support and advocacy. This survey will help us to better understand the challenges you face in the workplace and when searching for employment. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey.

Note: We are collecting this information to help guide HLAA services only. You may skip any and all questions. Individual responses will remain private and will not be shared. Please see HLAA Privacy Policy for details.

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* 1. What is your current employment status?
(check all answers that apply)

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* 2. Which industry do you work in (or did you work in)?

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* 3. Do you (or have you) experience(d) challenges in the workplace related to your hearing loss? Describe for the following activities.

  Extremely challenging Very challenging Moderately challenging Slightly challenging Not challenging at all
Finding work / job interviews
Feeling isolated / excluded / left-out
Stress / fatigue / frustration
Lack of accommodation
Keeping up / competing with 'hearing' coworkers
Keeping your job / staying employed
Work related social functions
Communication with supervisors
Communication with coworkers
Communication with customers
Understanding speech in noise

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* 4. What is your experience with communication tools in the workplace?

  Extremely challenging Very challenging Moderately challenging Slightly challenging Not challenging at all
Phone calls
Conference calls
In-person meetings
Video conference meetings
Mixed meetings with both in-person and remote attendees
Access to captioning
Access to ASL interpretation

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* 5. Please tell us more about your main hearing loss related employment challenges -- including challenges not mentioned above -- and how HLAA can help.

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* 6. How interested are you in learning more about these employment related topics?

  Extremely interested Very interested Moderately interested Slightly interested Not interested at all
Job search strategies
Mock interview events
How to explain your hearing loss to others at work
Career adaptation / success after hearing loss
Networking in-person and online
HR and hiring managers perspectives on how applicants set themselves apart
Using vocational rehabilitation services
School to work transitions
Military to civilian employment transitions
Using workplace technology
Disability disclosure at work
Requesting / negotiating accommodation
Intersectionality (overlapping identities including gender, race, etc.)
Common work accommodations
Employment law
DHH friendly workplaces, policies and practices
Employment self-advocacy
COVID-19 related (mask use, etc.)

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* 7. Please tell us more about which employment related topics are most important to you and why those topics are particularly important to you -- including topics not mentioned above.

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* 8. What resources and initiatives would you find helpful?

  Extremely helpful Very helpful Moderately helpful Slightly helpful Not helpful at all
Virtual / online webinars
Website resources
HLAA Conference workshops/events
Hearing Life Magazine articles
One-on-one or small group peer mentoring / discussions
Employer education on hearing loss and accommodations
Advocacy at the policy level for hearing-friendly workplaces

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* 9. Please tell us more about (a) how HLAA can best serve you including options not mentioned above and (b) why these options work well (or don't work well) for you?

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* 10. Are you interested in answering additional questions about your workplace experiences? If so, please provide your preferred email address.

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* 11. Are you currently involved in HLAA? If so, please check all that apply:

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* 12. Which best describes your overall hearing loss?

  No hearing loss (able to hear whispers) Slight hearing loss (able to hear and repeat words spoken in normal voice) Moderate hearing loss (able to hear and repeat words using raised voice) Severe hearing loss (able to hear some words when shouted into better ear) Profound hearing loss/deafness (unable to hear and understand even a shouted voice)
When using hearing aids, cochlear implants, etc.
When NOT using hearing aids, cochlear implants, etc.

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* 13. What is your age? (Note: it is helpful to know respondent's age but feel free to skip this, and other, questions.)

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* 14. At what age was your hearing loss first diagnosed?

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* 15. Race: How do you identify?

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* 16. Gender: How do you identify?

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* 17. What is the highest degree or level of education you have completed

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* 18. Did we miss anything? I.e., What else can you tell us that will allow HLAA to better serve you?

Thank you so much for your time and help! Please feel free to contact HLAA if you have questions -- https://www.hearingloss.org/about-hlaa/contact-us/.
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