David Kirkwood’s Column: Court Case About NYPD Officers Using Hearing Aids

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This is a good recap of the suit filed by two NYPD officers using hearing aids. The outcome of this case is a victory for all current NYPD officers and may influence other cities that don't already permit police officers to wear hearing aids.  At the moment, this case does not help men and women with hearing loss who hope to join the NYPD, because prospective officers were not included in the settlement.  

NYPD settles suit by lifting ban on cops using hearing aids
By David H. Kirkwood, Editor
Hearing News Watch @ Hearing Health & Technology Matters
Blog posting:  March 18, 2015

Two veteran New York Police Department (NYPD) officers’ 5-year legal battle to return to active duty wearing their hearing aids ended in victory on March 9 when they agreed to a settlement of the suit they had filed against the City of New York in 2010.

It was a victory not only for Dan Carione and Sgt. Jim Phillips, whose complaint to the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) accused New York of discriminating against them because of their service-related hearing disabilities. It also benefits other NYPD officers who faced the loss of their jobs because of hearing loss, a common occupational hazard in law enforcement.

Visit Hearing News Watch to read the full article:

http://hearinghealthmatters.org/hearingnewswatch/2015/nypd-settles-suit-by-lifting-ban-on-cops-using-hearing-aids/

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