It's tough when you think this AN problem could prove to be a threat to your chosen profession. That's how I felt last summer. I'm a psychologist - talking to people is my livelihood. Also a college professor. I actually got over my anxiety about the whole situation once I made the decision that I would simply keep moving forward, do my best, and make someone else raise my condition as an issue. Well, that hasn't happened. In fact, I began to notice all the support I had in my environment, and realized many of my fears were groundless.
I really, really struggle every day with my hearing, communication, and fatigue. I know I'm more withdrawn in some settings than I used to be. Here's some good news - recently, my symptoms have improved, abruptly and unexpectedly. Symptoms being "wonkiy head," balance problems, and fatigue. Along with my improvement, came much, much better energy. I believe my unseen daily struggles with balance were draining my energy.
I think it's critical to do everything we can to optimize whatever hearing we have, especially in the social services/sciences. I see my audiologist frequently, and make sure my hearing aid is adjusted to the optimum levels.
PM me if you want, it seems like we have similar challenges in our lives.