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NYPD Hearing Aid Ban Forces Out Veteran Officers

June 20, 2011  | 

The New York Police Department's ban on hearing aids for officers is forcing out several veteran sergeants, who are challenging a policy the department began enforcing in 2009.

At that time, the department began enforcing a ban on hearing devices. The NYPD is no longer hiring applicants who can't pass a basic hearing test. Older officers were forced to retire and younger officers were asked to remove the devices.

Two of those forced to retire filed a complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, contending that the policy forbidding hearing aids is discriminatory toward those with hearing loss, according to the officers' lawyer, Colleen M. Meenan.

The former officers, Daniel Carione, 44, and Jim Phillips, 40, also contend that the policy serves as a deterrent to officers who otherwise might report their hearing loss.

Source: New York Times


Comments (3)

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Frank @ 6/20/2011 2:18 PM

What is next, no eyeglasses or contact lenses? Sounds like a violation of the ADA to me. As long as the device allows them to hear normally there should not be an issue.

Bill @ 6/20/2011 8:34 PM

That is a bunch of BS we are exposed to shooting, siren, and other loud noise. Support your officers...

Greg @ 6/21/2011 10:50 AM

I had a friend who was getting ready to retire (a year or so away). He was fired due to hearing loss. He couldn't prove/verify it was due to his work environment, so out he went. No retirement, very bad faith.

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