Greetings to all
First of all, let me give a virtual high five to our colleagues working in hospitals during this time. Please know our thoughts are with you.
Now, to the meat of the question: I recently received an email from an advisor re: a “hard of hearing” student.
At first glance, you might think this person CANNOT / COULD NOT possibly exist in our profession. Then I started looking at it as a person of science. After thinking about it, is there anything in the science that says this person cannot become an RRT? i have seen physicians in wheelchairs, with glases and hearing aids. They all performed as expected.
- Is there a list of hearing requirements from the AARC or fellow schools outlining the minimum hearing requirements?
- If the person has a hearing deficit and it can be improved with the use of hearing aids or amplified scopes, is there a problem?
- At what point do you not even allow this person to apply for a position in your new cohort?
I do not want to not allow a person to achieve their goal; however, I do not want to give false hope to a student and have them end up with debt and no job. This is a tough position.
I look forward to your responses
Stay safe and be smart