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Hard of Hearing

Individuals who are hard of hearing generally have some useable hearing, but have difficulty perceiving sound at low volumes and reacting to sounds or understanding speech, especially when background noise is present. Individuals who are hard of hearing may or may not use assistive technology such as hearing aids or cochlear implants.


A person who performs certain job-related tasks for a person with a disability to help overcome limitations resulting from the disability. Examples include a page turner for a person who has no hands, or a travel attendant to act as a sighted guide to assist a blind employee on work-related travel. WPAS may include personal care-related assistance such as helping an employee to access the restroom, eat or drink at work, or travel for business purposes.