I read an article in New York Times yesterday Jobs Section called “The Power of Music, Tapped In a Cubicle,” by Amisha Padnani. I replace ‘music listening’ with ‘not wearing hearing aids.’ It is the idea that people want you to NOT be in your own world.
…Few companies have policies about music listening (not wearing hearing aids) said Paul Flaharty, a regional vice president at Robert Half Technology, the staffing agency. But it is still a good idea to check with your manager, even if you see others wearing headphones (not listening) in the office.
He said some supervisors might think that workers wearing headphones weren’t fully engaged and were blocking out important interactions “because they are going into their own world.”
“If someone’s not doing a good job,” he said, “then you can have a hiring manager say that all they do is listen to music all day (not wear hearing aids) and that it’s hampering productivity.”
For those who choose to listen to music (take their hearing aids out), it’s best to set limits, because wearing headphones for an entire shift can be perceived as rude by those nearby…
How dare we Deaf people offend anyone for not listening. Give me a break. This is a good example of how Hearing Society, who depend on speaking and listening to communicate, instead of sign language, assume that Deaf is rude. They say take your headphones off and pay attention to what I am saying. They say put your hearing aids in and listen to me.