Culturally Sensitive Audiometric Protocols for Culturally Deaf Adults Culturally Deaf adults seek audiologic services for a variety of reasons. They may be required to do so for vocational rehabilitation services or Social Security Supplemental Income (SSI) applications. Proof of deafness may also be required for discounted long distance telephone service, accommodations for national exams, Deaf Olympics, or ... Article
Article  |   July 01, 2003
Culturally Sensitive Audiometric Protocols for Culturally Deaf Adults
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  • Michelle R. Malta
    Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, Gallaudet University, Washington, DC
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Hearing Disorders / Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Articles
Article   |   July 01, 2003
Culturally Sensitive Audiometric Protocols for Culturally Deaf Adults
Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, July 2003, Vol. 9, 19-24. doi:10.1044/cds9.1.19
Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, July 2003, Vol. 9, 19-24. doi:10.1044/cds9.1.19
Culturally Deaf adults seek audiologic services for a variety of reasons. They may be required to do so for vocational rehabilitation services or Social Security Supplemental Income (SSI) applications. Proof of deafness may also be required for discounted long distance telephone service, accommodations for national exams, Deaf Olympics, or to receive reduced fares for public transportation. Audiologic testing can also be medically warranted due to a sudden change in hearing sensitivity or reported vestibular problems. Deaf individuals may also seek audiologic services on their own. They may simply be curious to know if their hearing levels have changed over the years, or they may be interested to see if the latest digital hearing aid technology can provide more benefit than conventional analog instruments. Regardless of the reasons Deaf clients seek audiologic services, they are entitled to receive an assessment that is not only appropriate for their needs, but also respectful of their unique linguistic culture.
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