ADA Accommodation

Even the most powerful hearing aids have limitations. This is no more apparent than the challenging listening environment of the modern workplace. According to the CDC, at least 13% of American workers have hearing loss.

The Roger portfolio consists of wireless microphones and receivers ideal for solving the communication stresses of the workplace. Roger microphones pick up the speaker’s voice and transmit it to receivers connected to your hearing aid or directly in some cases, so you can hear speech clearly over distance and noise.

What is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 or ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability.

It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications.

A downloadable employee assistance guide is available for common FAQs here [insert link]

Workplace accommodations, including assistive listening devices can be granted upon employee request so long as they don’t inflict undue burden upon the employer. We’ll guide you through the process below.

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To request a Roger assistive listening device, start by writing an accommodation request letter.

Often this is most easily accomplished with the assistance of your audiologist.

A step by step rubric, and sample letters can be found at our downloads page www.morethanahearingaid.com/downloads

Be sure to include a copy of recent audiological results, along with the Roger device recommendation of your audiologist.

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Next, submit this letter to your human resources representative or manager.

Often, after your request is submitted you should expect a brief in-person discussion with your human resources representative to discuss further. 

Be sure to bring your audiological results and your doctor’s device recommendation.

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Once you submit your request, a reasonable accommodation should be agreed upon expeditiously.

If your request is denied, be sure to get a reasoning

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Discuss the results of the meeting with your audiologist.

Often a combination of Roger products can be found that is cost effective and still meets your workplace needs.

Employer ADA Tax benefits

Your employer can benefit from tax credits or deductions for taking part in equipping an employee with an ADA accommodation. To assist businesses with complying with the ADA, Section 44 of the IRS Code allows a tax credit for small businesses and Section 190 of the IRS Code allows a tax deduction for all businesses. Employers can learn more here Ada Taxcred and here Ada Taxpack

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Additional Resources

For more information on the ADA accommodation process please visit:  askjan.org or www.ada.gov

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