An article, “Deafness Among Physicians and Trainees: A National Survey“, in the February 2013 issue of Academic Medicine, gives insights to how doctors with hearing issues access their training and get to work in the mainstream.
Amplified stethoscopes (89%) were the most frequent accommodation, with hearing-devices/FM (32%), realtime captions (21%), sign language (21%) and oral interpreting (14%) in the mix, while 56% used amplified phones.
Study co-author Philip Zazove, professor and the George A. Dean, M.D. Chair of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan, said:
This study highlights a little understood but clearly growing group of physicians who are demonstrating that hearing loss doesn’t keep them from being a physician. These doctors connect with [deaf/hoh] patients in a way that hearing physicians can’t.
Intending medical students can research the UKHPHL website (UK Health Professionals With Hearing Loss), the US-based AMPHL site (Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Loss), or the sign-based DeafMD.org.
Around the world, students with hearing issues are training to be speech-language teachers, audiologists and ENT surgeons – and why not?
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