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How to Make a Hospital Kit for Persons with Hearing Loss

Graphic of Hospital Kit for Persons w/Hearing Loss

How to Make a Hospital Kit for Persons with Hearing Loss

For people with disabilities, accessing medical services can often be very difficult. For persons with hearing loss, communicating with doctors, nurses and other staff requires being prepared, especially when entering a hospital for a procedure. The Portland Chapter of the Hearing Loss of America held a roundtable discussion on Monday evening with members expressing communication difficulties with even audiologists and their staff. Every stage of engaging the medical community – making appointments on the telephone, communicating with clerical staff, speaking with physicians, etc. – showed a need for the professionals to develop a disability awareness.

To help people with hearing loss, the Lane County Hearing Loss Association of America Chapter provides instructions on how to prepare a Hospital Kit. There are downloadable documents to use for communication, signage, information cards, etc., that will help caregivers understand how to effectively communicate with a person who has hearing loss. Check out the website to learn more…