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2021 ASHA Research Symposium: Michael McKee

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posted on 04.11.2022, 14:26 authored by Michael McKee

This presentation video is from the Research Symposium at the 2021 Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

The abstract for the accompanying article is below. This article is part of the JSLHR Forum: Health & Health Care Equity in Communication Disorders.

Purpose: Nearly 20% of U.S. Americans report a hearing loss, yet our current health care system is poorly designed and equipped to effectively care for these individuals. Individuals with hearing loss report communication breakdowns, inaccessible health information, reduced awareness and training by health care providers, and decreased satisfaction while struggling with inadequate health literacy. These all contribute to health inequities and increased health care expenditures and inefficiencies. It is time to reframe the health care system for these individuals using existing models of best practices and accessibility to mitigate inequities and improve quality of care.

Method: A review of system-, clinic-, provider-, and patient-level barriers, along with existing and suggested efforts to improve care for individuals with hearing loss, are presented.

Results: These strategies include improving screening and identification of hearing loss, adopting universal design and inclusion principles, implementing effective communication approaches, leveraging assistive technologies and training, and diversifying a team to better care for patients with hearing loss. Patients should also be encouraged to seek social support and resources from hearing loss organizations while leveraging technologies to help facilitate communication.

Conclusions: The strategies described introduce actionable steps that can be made at the system, clinic, provider, and patient levels. With implementation of these steps, significant progress can be made to more proactively meet the needs of patients with hearing loss.

McKee, M., James, T. G., Helm, K. V. T., Marzolf, B., Chung, D. H., Williams, J., & Zazove, P. (2022). Reframing our health care system for patients with hearing loss. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 65(10), 3633–3645. https://doi.org/10.1044/2022_JSLHR-22-00052

Funding

This review article stems from the 2021 Research Symposium at American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention, which was supported by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders of the National Institutes of Health under Award R13DC003383.

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