The following question and my response were originally posted in the Lipreading Moms and Dads Network group on Facebook. Come join us sometime!
Dear Lipreading Moms and Dads,
I'm profoundly deaf with a cochlear implant in my right ear, and I struggle a lot with using the phone. What jobs do you all have, as I'm looking to change my job but don't want one that involves using the phone? I so need some ideas in what I can do. Thanks!
Job Option Seeker
Dear Option Seeker,
When I switched careers (from working as a full-time magazine editor to a freelance writer and editor from home, I joined online discussion groups in the fields I was interested in (writing, parenting, hearing loss awareness) and networked with members. I landed writing and editing contracts that way, which eventually led to publishing my books. You might search for websites in your areas of interest.
In answer to your question about phone use... I rely more on email than anything else in my writing and teaching work. When I do have to use the phone, I use a Bluetooth phone device that wirelessly connects my phone to my hearing aids. I also have used CapTel phone captioning services, but there is a time delay and typos because CapTel uses voice recognition software (definitely not perfect).
If you use sign language or cued speech, you might explore video phone options through your local department of vocational rehabilitation.
It's a little scary to make the switch, but your happiness will make it so worth it. Please keep us posted!
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Shanna Groves was diagnosed with progressive hearing loss after the birth of her first child. She was 27. Raised in a hearing family, Shanna traces her hearing loss to a genetic loss on the paternal side of her family. She is mom to three young children, a published author, and speaker. Her books are featured at www.ShannaGroves.com. Shanna blogs about being a hard of hearing mom at http://LipreadingMom.com.