Disability Correctness

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!



About harrisandyou

I am passionate about saving natural resources and I enjoy sharing information about the environment and hope that one day we will all work together to create a healthier planet. I am a Zero Waste Specialist and concerned individual. I look forward to reading your comments!
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