Hearing and vestibular disorders

Linda M. Luxon and Finlay Dick

in Fitness for Work

Fifth edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199643240
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191755668 | DOI:

Series: Landmark Papers

Hearing and vestibular disorders

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Hearing and balance disorders are common in those of working age and become commoner with increasing age. Hearing impairment can adversely affect an individual’s education and employment prospects and there is limited evidence that it may compromise their safety. Similarly, vestibular disorders are common, can affect fitness for work, workplace performance, sickness absence, and fitness for safety critical work. While individuals with deafness or severe hearing impairment may be unable to work in safety critical roles, they are able to undertake many jobs subject to reasonable workplace adjustments being made (as required under the Equality Act 2010). Sadly, many people with hearing or balance impairment either do not seek, or do not receive, appropriate workplace adjustments and as a consequence continue to experience significant disadvantage in the employment market.

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Subjects: Occupational Medicine ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Occupational Therapy ; Otolaryngology (ENT)

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