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Hospital Communication for those with Hearing Loss

When we have a hearing loss, clear and concise communication can make a huge difference in our outcome at the hospital. We need to be able to understand what’s being said. We have the right to understand. Are we getting the access to communication we need?

By Michele Linder

Q: What’s missing in hospital accessibility and language services?

A: CART (Computer Aided Real-Time Transcription or Communication Access Real-Time Translation)/textual language interpretation for the Hard of Hearing! 

Check your hospital’s nondiscrimination policy and/or accessibility/language services information—yes, do it right now so you know—and they likely read similar to mine.

Check the Nondiscrimination Policy

“Essentia Health provides free aids and services to people with disabilities to communicate effectively with us, such as:

  • Qualified sign language interpreters, American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters.
  • Written information in other formats (large print, audio, accessible electronic formats, other formats).
  • Provides free language services to people whose primary language is not English, such as: Qualified interpreters.
  • Information written in other languages.”

NOTE: Clicking on the link above you will see that in addition to sign language for the Deaf, I can also get translation in the following world languages: Amharic, Arabic, Bantu, Chinese, Cushite, French, German, Hindi, Hmong, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Nepali, Norwegian, Pennsylvania Dutch, Polish, Russian, Serbocroatian, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Telugu, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

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Gael Hannan & Shari Eberts Talk About Their New Book

Hear & Beyond:
Live Skillfully with Hearing Loss

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Meaningful Connections in the Hard of Hearing Community

There are so many good connections to make within the Hard of Hearing community with some awesome people. The more we connect, the more we spread awareness. We touch each other’s lives, then go on to share what we’ve learned.  

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Hearing Loss and Hearing Partners

Written by Julia Stepp

Is it only the person with hearing loss responsible for communication, or is it the hearing partner? The answer is, it’s both.

Communication is a two way street. Each person needs to do their part for true communication to happen.

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The Better Connect Academy with Jean Nalbantian

It’s always great to meet another hearing loss advocate. Sometimes, things just fall into place. One day we discovered The Better Connect Academy (TBCA) website sharing it with each other. The next day Jean (John) reached out to invite us to be a guest on his podcast. It is great when the stars align and the universe conspires to connect like minds on the subject of hearing loss and advocacy.

Hearing Loss LIVE! talked with Jean in late March, sharing our passions and what we do. We got to know TBCA further when Jean was our podcast guest—video will be available May 16th.