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NYPD Hearing Aid Discrimination Case Speaks Volumes

NYPD Hearing Aid Discrimination Case Speaks Volumes
May 29, 2015 CSD

Check out this case in the New York Times about police officers forced off the job due the City’s wayward anti-hearing aid policy. The story classically illustrates mainstream misunderstanding about hearing loss and the sort of blatant employment discrimination that can result:

Apparently, the NYPD inexplicably began enforcing a ban on hearing aids in 2009, insisting that requiring a hearing aid device somehow impairs a police officer from fully preforming his or her duties. The ill-found policy required recruits to pass standard hearing tests without hearing aids. Officers with hearing loss who couldn’t meet the standard without their hearing aids were off the force.