Case Study
Deaf master hairdresser in his own salon

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The man is self-employed and employs other specialists in his hairdressing salon.

Disability and functional restrictions:

The man has been almost deaf since birth and only hears a few noises with the help of hearing aids. Nevertheless, he can communicate without speaking sign language and spoken lip reading.

Training and job:

The man completed an apprenticeship as a hairdresser many years ago, which he completed as the best in his state. Since he did not find a job after completing his apprenticeship, he attended the master school and went into business for himself with a hairdressing salon. For further training, the hairdresser regularly takes part in external training.

Workplace and work organization:

The hairdresser works with his specialists in his salon. Eye contact plays an important role in the communication with the clientele, since it can communicate with the clientele via gestures, lip reading or gestures (in the case of deaf clients), even via the mirror or the reflection in the hairstyle. Appointments by telephone with the listening clientele or the sales employees of companies are carried out by his hearing specialists. The hairdresser himself makes appointments with the deaf clientele in writing using a computer or smartphone.

Assistive devices used:

Hearing glasses Behind-the-ear hearing aids

Further Information

The start-up was supported by an interest-free loan from the integration or inclusion office.

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Last Update: 4 Nov 2019