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HLAA (Hearing loss Association of America) has prepared The Guide for Effective Communication in Health Care. A Guide for Effective Communication in Healthcare Patients which provides information, resources, and tools to help improve communication. The complete patient guide has a wealth of information and can be downloaded here – Click here to read more!

If you are like many hard of hearing people, going to the hospital is scary. Not only are you anxious about your health problems, but you are worried that you won’t hear critically important information as doctors and nurses bustle in and out of your room mumbling instructions as they fill in your chart and hurry away. The secret is to be prepared ahead of time for your stay in the hospital. You can make things much easier for yourself if everyone you come in contact with knows that you are hard of hearing and how best to communicate with you.

A hospital kit can help. It contains signs and information to help you make your needs known. It provides information, resources, and tools to help improve communication. A couple of our chapters around the country have created some resources for you to download.

The Lane County, Oregon, Hearing Loss Association of America chapter have developed a number of tip sheets and signs that you can print off yourself to make up your own hospital kit. f you print them on colored paper, you’ll have an eye-catching set of hearing loss information for use in the hospital. You can now print out the parts of the hospital kit that will alert the hospital personnel to your needs at the following link: http://hearinglosslane.org/how-to-make-your-own-hospital-kit/.

HLAA-WA (Seattle Chapter) has made available on-line a number of accessibility aids. They can be accessed at
http://www.swedish.org/patient-visitor-info/accessibility/printable-communication-aids.

We hope this information will give you some tools and resources to advocate for yourself in a medical setting.

Do you know what to do and how to advocate for yourself in a medical setting?

Fortunately for those of you that attended our monthly May meeting you received some helpful tips from our guest speaker, Valerie Stafford-Mallis. Valerie shared some great information with us and you can click on the link below to access.

Click here to learn more about “What Every Hard-Of-Hearing Person Needs to Know Before A Medical Encounter”, presented by Valerie-Stafford-Mallis

Download the complete Patient and Provider Guide.