Source: British dental journal; Aug 2017; vol. 223 (no. 4); p. 244-246
Publication Type(s): Journal Article
Abstract:This article reviews my experience as a profoundly deaf dental core trainee (DCT) in oral and maxillofacial surgery at Wythenshawe Hospital - working on call, carrying out daily clinics and assisting in theatre. A novel set of challenges presented, such as understanding conversations on the phone and minimising interference from background noise. Support was sought from Occupational Health, Access to Work and FM Hearing Systems, who provided practical advice and technological solutions. This year has improved my confidence and who I am as a person, and as a dentist. Plus, due to my newfound technical support I am able to hear a lot better on the phone now. It is hoped this article this will provide a useful insight for employers on how to support employees with hearing difficulties, and inspire future candidates.