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Workplace design for a judge with deafness


The employer is the Ministry of Justice of a federal state.

Disability and functional restriction of the employee:

The man has an inborn hearing impairment, which worsened from the age of 20 - since then, the hearing status is stable at a low level. On the right side, he is provided with a cochlear implant (CI) and on the left with a hearing aid. In spite of the hearing aids, he must be able to read the lips of his interlocutor in support of direct verbal communication. Due to the disability, audible information (voice and signals) must be amplified, filtered or transformed (eg by a direct transmission into the hearing aids), so that they are audible despite interfering influences (eg noise, reverberation, distance, group conversation) can be perceived. Sign language in conjunction with a sign language interpreter can not be used for communication because he has not learned it.

Education and job:

The man studied law and works as a judge on probation at the district court.

Workplace and work duties:

The man works as a judge in the Civil Chamber, where as a single judge he directs the negotiations and pronounces judgments. Negotiations in civil matters will take place according to the number of participants and occupancy plan in different premises of the court building and negotiations in penal matters will take place outside in prisons. In addition to the actual negotiations, activities such as the study of preparation files, the preparation of minutes and the reasoning of decisions on his tasks, which he performs from his computer workstation in the office. At his workplace in the office, the judge uses a telephone with a telephone receiver amplifier to make a phone call. Alternatively, a telephone with a sufficiently strong coil in the telephone handset could be used to transmit the speech directly inductively into the hearing aid. The hearing aid would only have to be switched to the T-function, so that the reception can take place via the telephone coil of the hearing aid.
For civil law matters in the Justice Building, an FM system will be used to connect up to nine wireless table microphones on tripods, depending on the number of participants. The transmitters of the microphones transmit the information to universal radio receivers which are each connected to the hearing aids via an adapter (eg audio shoe). The information can be transmitted directly into the hearing aids for improved acoustic perception without background noise and reverberation. A reinforcement of the language is also possible through the hearing aids. The system can be used with short preparation time in different rooms of the justice building.
In the case of external training and negotiations in the prisons, another and more mobile FM system is being used. This FM system consists of two wireless microphones that can be attached to the attire of the participants and a radio receiver. The radio receiver carries the judge with an induction loop around his neck. The information is transmitted by the radio receiver directly inductively via the loop and without any noise or reverberation in the hearing aid.
The judge tested both systems over a period of three months, with the result that he could independently practice his profession by using the aid.

Assistive devices used:

Behind-the-ear hearing aids
Transmitter systems for radio frequency
Telephone accessories (sound amplifier)

Support and participation:

The disability design was supported by the Integration / Inclusion Office and the hearing aid was subsidized by a maximum amount of aid to civil servants. The advice was provided by the Technical Advisory Service of the Integration and Inclusion Office and by a hearing care professional who was responsible for the sales as well as the settings of the aids. The tools for disability-friendly design were promoted by the person and are transferred to the employee's possession, so that he can take them along when changing workplaces.



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update status: 05.12.2019

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