Advocacy

Managing Complex Situations with Hearing Loss - Advocacy Series #2

Many of us are involved in complex situations on a daily basis, defined as scenarios with fluctuating signal-to-noise ratios, multiple speakers, and predisposition for people to be less mindful of clear articulation. Examples include, but are not limited to: the operating room, emergency codes, agitated patients, and newborn deliveries.

In these situations, not only is there often information overload (a lot of data to intake, withhold, and consider), but there is our dual processing burden—the work to listen more carefully or actively as a person with hearing loss regardless if one is using cochlear implants or lipreading and possibly even the challenge of internally translating information transmitted in sign language to meaningful medical knowledge.

What We Wished We'd Known - Advocacy Series #1

This month, we discussed what we wish we’d known or figured out ourselves during our steps toward becoming trained health care and research professionals. Answers revolved around three themes: our responsibilities as a deaf or hard of hearing applicant for any training program or employment position, our rights and flexibility concerning accommodations, and disability-related discrimination.