Communication Strategies and Accommodations Utilized by Health Care Providers With Hearing Loss: A Pilot Study Purpose Poor communication between health care providers and patients may negatively impact patient outcomes, and enhancing communication is one way to improve outcomes. Effective communication is particularly important for health care providers who have hearing loss. The authors found that a systematic survey of the communication strategies and experiences of ... Research Article
Research Article  |   March 01, 2014
Communication Strategies and Accommodations Utilized by Health Care Providers With Hearing Loss: A Pilot Study
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Alanna R. Trotter
    College of Nursing, Seattle University, Seattle, WA
  • Susan B. Matt
    College of Nursing, Seattle University, Seattle, WA
  • Danuta Wojnar
    College of Nursing, Seattle University, Seattle, WA
  • Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.
    Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.×
  • Correspondence to Susan B. Matt: matts@seattleu.edu
  • Editor: Larry Humes
    Editor: Larry Humes×
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Research Article   |   March 01, 2014
Communication Strategies and Accommodations Utilized by Health Care Providers With Hearing Loss: A Pilot Study
American Journal of Audiology, March 2014, Vol. 23, 7-19. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2013/12-0065)
History: Received November 13, 2012 , Revised March 11, 2013 , Accepted May 6, 2013
 
American Journal of Audiology, March 2014, Vol. 23, 7-19. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2013/12-0065)
History: Received November 13, 2012; Revised March 11, 2013; Accepted May 6, 2013
Web of Science® Times Cited: 2

Purpose Poor communication between health care providers and patients may negatively impact patient outcomes, and enhancing communication is one way to improve outcomes. Effective communication is particularly important for health care providers who have hearing loss. The authors found that a systematic survey of the communication strategies and experiences of health care providers with hearing loss had not yet been conducted.

Method In this pilot study, 32 health care professionals with hearing loss were recruited via the Association of Medical Professionals With Hearing Losses and were asked to complete a 28-question survey.

Results Health care providers with hearing loss already employ strategies that all health care providers are encouraged to use in order to enhance patient–provider communication, and survey participants have found the strategies to be effective.

Conclusions The communication techniques and assistive technologies used by individuals with hearing loss seem to be effective: All participants reported feeling able to communicate effectively with patients at least most of the time. More research is needed to determine if use of these communication techniques has similar results for health care providers without hearing loss.

Acknowledgment
We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of AMPHL.org with recruiting survey participants.
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