When I Walk Into the Hearing Clinic…..

The news station on TV in the hospital waiting room wasn’t captioned.  I wasn’t terribly interested in the news as I waited for my cochlear implant surgery but still, I felt the familiar emotion:  “Oh for heaven’s sakes, how do they expect people with hearing loss to understand!”  A little bit of access would have…

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Healthcare with Hearing Loss: High-stakes Communication Challenges

by Kathi Mestayer   People with hearing loss can be tough to accommodate. Sometimes, we wear our hearing aids, sometimes not.  Sometimes, we nod and smile when we know we didn’t hear you.  Sometimes, we just don’t know we didn’t hear you. This is challenging in healthcare situations. I’ve been there more than once: in the…

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