NYPD agrees to reform policy banning cops from wearing hearing aids
BY THOMAS TRACY , STEPHEN REX BROWN
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
The NYPD finally listened to its officers Monday and agreed to reform a policy banning cops from wearing hearing aids.
The change is the result of a settlement reached in Manhattan Federal Court between the city and attorneys for hearing-impaired NYPD cops forced into retirement by the rule.
Disability Rights Advocate lawyer Rebecca Rodgers estimated “several hundred” cops would benefit from the agreement, though the actual number is unclear because many are likely deterred from coming forward due to the policy, she said.
“Cops did not want to disclose that they used hearing aids because they did not want to lose their jobs,” Rodgers said.