Can I Be a Nurse if I Have a Hearing Loss?

Can I Be a Nurse if I Have a Hearing Loss?

Absolutely! The ADA Amendments specify that mitigating measures or devices such as hearing aids cannot be considered in determining whether a person has an impairment that substantially limits a major life activity (the criterion for protection under the ADA). This means that your hearing aids that help you function well do not disqualify you for protection under the ADA. The state vocational service or department of rehabilitation may be able to help with hearing aids. Each state varies as to what they will cover. We have nurses on our Board who have hearing loss who can consult with you, after you have explored the resources provided above.


Disclaimer: The National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND) does not offer legal advice but NOND does offer resources to help you understand your rights, protections, and responsibilities within various Disability Rights Laws.

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