Is There A Doctor In The House? Considering Physician Assistant Training When You Are Hearing Impaired

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There are approximately 30 million people in the U.S., over the age of 12 years, who have hearing loss in both ears. For a number of those who suffer from hearing loss, there is a challenge in finding and maintaining a job, especially in the current economic situation. This is seen in the recent statistics that show that, while the national average of unemployment stands at approximately 5.9 percent, it is at a higher rate of 12.3 percent for persons with disabilities, including that for the hearing impaired. However, it has been suggested that one of the career options for persons in this group is that of being a physician's assistant.

So if you are hearing impaired and are currently trying to decide on your next career move, consider the following in your journey to working in the medical field.

The perks

With a current median income of just over $90,000 per year, this may be an excellent choice for you to become involved with people and to be able to help others. One particular perk that can be had is the ability to uniquely identify with and assist others who have similar disabilities in a time that might be particularly stressful for them - medical emergencies or concerns. Since you would be practicing medicine as a physician's assistant, you would be in a direct place to connect with them and provide the needed direction. The profession also offers opportunities for professional growth and is transferable to any state so that you would be able to work almost anywhere - small town or city. 

It is also guaranteed that you should be able to find a job as employers seek to ensure that 7 percent of their work force comes from those with disabilities, fulfilling federal requirements. The outlook for employment is also expected to grow exponentially within the next few years.

Making it possible

Getting training up the Master degree level, for such a profession is likely to pose a number of challenges. Fortunately, these are not insurmountable and administrators and lecturers are more than likely to assist you if you are willing to accept help.  You should be prepared and talk to the relevant persons who can have an impact on your life while studying even before training begins. This includes student affairs, the office of disability or diversity and your course supervisors and lecturers, if possible. In this way you can help them to help you with what you might need.

Be open about the assistive listening devices and hearing aids that you use, if any, and find out about the possibility of utilizing other technologies such as the various apps that are currently available on iOS devices to make your communication easier during your training and beyond.

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