- The Deaf-Friendly Practice 2h 00min
The Deaf-Friendly Practice
Hearing loss is reported by nearly 48 million Americans, which may range from a mild loss to profound deafness. While this presentation will seek to increase or solidify medical knowledge around deafness and hearing loss, the main purpose will be to improve cultural competency and enhance the provider’s ability to understand and meet the communication needs of their deaf and hard of hearing clientele and community members.
- Understand the types, degrees and configurations of hearing loss
- Recognize the differences between diagnostic tests for hearing loss
- Review socially acceptable terminology relating to deafness
- Recognize different hearing devices, how they function and their limitations
- Identify diseases and medications that may cause or influence hearing loss
- Learn strategies to improve care and communication with patients who are deaf
- Review the legal obligations of healthcare providers established by the Americans with Disabilities Act
- Reinforce proper etiquette for communicating with patients who are deaf
- Consider areas of increased sensitivity when working with deaf children
Dr. Stephanie Nishek is a licensed and practicing naturopathic doctor in Bismarck, North Dakota. She is a graduate of Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) in Tempe, AZ and has been practicing naturopathic medicine since 2010.
Dr. Stephanie offers naturopathic consultations to all ages and genders. Helping couples to overcome infertility, to establish and maintain pregnancy, supporting women through the prenatal process and guiding moms through postnatal changes and the breastfeeding relationship are her passion. She has advanced training in those areas, as well as in managing PCOS and other hormonal/menstrual cycle irregularities, from puberty through menopause.
Dr. Stephanie and her husband have two wild and free children, the youngest of whom was born with moderate sensorineural hearing loss.