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3 True or False Questions about the ADA and hearing Impairments

True or False Test ImageYou may want to mark your answers on a piece of paper before clicking on the correct answers link. Please start when you’re ready – and remember – scouts honor.

Question 1:

Malcolm is a floor manager with a clothing manufacturer. He applies for a promotion to assistant factory manager. In his application package, Malcolm chooses to inform the promotion committee that five years ago his hearing was permanently impaired in a workplace accident. Following the accident, Malcolm could barely hear and distinguish between floor-level conversations, public announcements, and warning alerts from moving machinery. Malcolm primarily communicated through writing and limited lip reading. Two years ago, Malcolm began using hearing aids in both ears. The hearing aids amplify sounds and help Malcolm to distinguish among them. As a result, Malcolm can now hear conversations sufficiently well to respond verbally. Malcolm’s ability to hear was substantially limited prior to acquiring his hearing aids.

Malcolm is a person with a disability – True or False?

Question 2:

Lydia applies for a position as an aircraft mechanic. After receiving a job offer, she is given a physical examination, which includes a hearing test. The hearing test reveals that she has a hearing loss in her left ear. The employer is concerned that in a noisy environment, Lydia will be unable to hear sounds that might alert her to dangers in the work area such as the presence of moving aircraft or other moving vehicles.

The employer may NOT withdraw the job offer because it believes Lydia’s hearing impairment makes it impossible for her to work in a high-noise environment – True or False?

Question 3:

No “magic words” (such as “ADA” or “reasonable accommodation”) are required to trigger an ADA accommodation process – True or False?

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