Audiological Assessment of “We, the Foreign Born” The demographics of America are constantly changing. People continue to immigrate to the United States from Europe, Asia, Africa, and Central and South America. These are the “newcomers”; they bring with them a variety of languages and cultures. Some of them do not speak English and most of them ... Article
Article  |   April 01, 2001
Audiological Assessment of “We, the Foreign Born”
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  • Bopanna B. Ballachanda
    University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
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Article   |   April 01, 2001
Audiological Assessment of “We, the Foreign Born”
Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, April 2001, Vol. 7, 11-13. doi:10.1044/cds7.1.11
Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, April 2001, Vol. 7, 11-13. doi:10.1044/cds7.1.11
The demographics of America are constantly changing. People continue to immigrate to the United States from Europe, Asia, Africa, and Central and South America. These are the “newcomers”; they bring with them a variety of languages and cultures. Some of them do not speak English and most of them speak English with an accent (Lippi-Green, 1997). These demographic changes can create considerable demands on audiology and speech-language pathology services. This group is unique and different from U.S.-born minorities. Their understanding of American culture and values may be limited; however, due to American television shows and entertainment media, the culture shock may not be the same as an American going to another country. America has always been a heterogeneous country, which makes it hard for this group to give up their cultural and linguistic identity and follow a totally American culture. If one recognizes this, then the key question becomes how to preserve linguistic and cultural diversity and still provide au-diological services to this population.
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