I can work as much as I want … and for pay. Deafness and hearing-loss affect millions of Americans. Demographic studies indicate that about 3 of every 1,000 people in the United States are “functionally deaf.” More than half of those became deaf relatively late in life. However, if people with a severe hearing impairment are included, as many as 22 out of 1,000 people have a severe hearing impairment or are deaf, and half of these people reported their hearing loss after 64 years of age, and of course the percentage of people who are elderly is increasing.
I was a school teacher and, later, a news reporter. I remember well the day I decided to end my career as a newspaper reporter: I was doing a rather sensitive interview via telephone and had to ask the interviewee to repeat several times. I was doing what is called “enterprise reporting,” something similar to investigative reporting, so the interviewee was not happy in the first place. I hated to ask him to keep repeating, but I simply could not hear well enough to complete the interview. Before it was over, he was yelling at me over the phone, and I can’t say that I blame him for that.
I took an early retirement, but then my retirement accounts took the dive, along with the rest of the stock market, leaving me to wonder what I could do for work.
Hard of hearing and deaf people find it difficult to find work, in spite of a few success stories. At my age, landscaping (a former pastime of mine) was too physically demanding, and about that time I started having asthma attacks. So, I was then looking for work that I could do without hearing; telephone interviews were out of the question, as were any jobs that exposed me to dust, allergens, strong chemicals and smoke. That narrowed the field down to … almost nothing! That is, until I discovered Write.com.
I was wary at first because of all the online, work-at-home scams out there, but having read an ad on Craigslist, I decided to give this a try. Through Write.com, I can work as many or as few jobs as I like, from the comfort of my own home, and I can select only those writing assignments that appeal to me. I feel that my financial information is safe, as Write.com workers use Amazon accounts through which we receive pay.
So far it is working well for me, and everything has gone as advertised. For any deaf or hard-of-hearing person who likes to write, Write.com affords the one and only non-discriminatory opportunity I have found. No, it’s not the great American novel, but the pay is decent and one can always work his or her way into more responsibly positions. Thank you Write.com; I am looking forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship.