As you may or may not know from previous posts, I have a hearing impairment. I am very conscientious about it because I feel a person my age should not have to wear hearing aids. It is vain and I need to get over it.
I work part-time in a retail shop and the owner mentioned to me recently that my hearing seemed worse lately and did I need to have the hearing aids adjusted. I really felt defensive and I feel it is rude for her to ask. I never ask her if her eyeglasses need adjusting. Is it fair game to ask someone with a disability if they need their wheel chair adjusted, their eyeglasses adjusted, their cane adjusted, their medication adjusted, etc?
I do not know the proper etiquette on the matter or if it is against the law for an employer to inquire. But I do know that it makes the person with the disability more self-conscious and embarrassed and harassed. This does not add to your self-worth, your self-esteem, your ability to overcome your handicap.
If anyone else has had to deal with a similar situation, please let me know how you handled it. Thanks for reading!