‘A physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long term adverse effect on your ability to carry out normal day to day activities'For someone with hearing loss, this may include difficulties with communication at work, such as understanding simple verbal instructions or difficulty hearing a conversation. Under the Act, your employer cannot discriminate against you because of your hearing loss. This includes the recruitment process, employment, pay, promotion, training, dismissal, retirement and redundancy. As long as they are aware of your disability, they are responsible for providing reasonable adjustments (changes) in the workplace, to help you perform your job better. This may include physical changes to the office or investing in hearing technologies to help you in certain situations. Action on Hearing Loss (RNID) offer a series of factsheets to explain the rights of people with hearing loss. You can also contact Advice Now for further legal advice.