Reactions from Employer/Manager About Tinnitus/Hyperacusis?

Discussion in 'Support' started by Lilah, Sep 22, 2022 at 5:41 AM.

    1. Lilah
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      Lilah Member Benefactor

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      I am planning to ask my employer soon about changing my job to full-time remote position, and may list tinnitus/sound sensitivity issues as one of my reasons. I have been working remotely since the pandemic and we are now being asked to go back to the office. Has anyone here done this, and what was your employer's reaction? I am not fully sure yet if I will list this reason since it is personal and different layers of management will see my request.

      I told my manager once at onset about my tinnitus and I don't think he took it too seriously. I am slightly hopeful now since my request will go through several layers of management. I have several reasons for going remote, and tinnitus/sound distortion issues is one of them. My major issue is having to take the metro (train) which is loud on a regular basis, plus wearing headphones at my desk for Zoom meetings (to include people who are teleworking on that day). When I am exposed to loud noise I sometimes have sound sensitivity/distortion issues which last for some days after.

      If anyone can think of a convincing argument, please post away.
       
    2. ZFire
      Movie buff

      ZFire Member Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      2012 (mild) & 04/2021 (severe)
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Ototoxicity (2012) Unknown-likely noise induce (2021)
      You’ve been with the same employer for a while now, just tell them what you think. Express your concern and let them know you prefer to stay remote full-time because it has boosted your work productivity ten fold. You have good experience now also.
       
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    3. dayma
      Swamped

      dayma Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      1/6/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      UNKNOWN
      I switched to full remote during the pandemic at my company due to tinnitus. I filed all the appropriate documents but was told that they don't recognize tinnitus as a disability and could not accept it, based on the medical reason alone. HR told me that if my management approves it though, it will go through, which it did.

      To make the case to my management, I just wrote up, with a few links, the effects of tinnitus. I used examples on how being able to control the volume on Teams and using CC made my life easier. It was a pretty easy case to make.

      Side note: My company is uber flexible and I am in IT, so it's easy to work remote.

      Good luck to you!
       
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      Lilah
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      Lilah Member Benefactor

      Location:
      USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      12/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Unknown
      When your company said they don't recognize tinnitus as a disability, what grounds did they use? Do you know if tinnitus or hyperacusis is a disability under American Disability Act?
       
    5. dayma
      Swamped

      dayma Member Benefactor

      Tinnitus Since:
      1/6/2018
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      UNKNOWN
      It's not covered under ADA for tinnitus. Correct.
       
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