FW: Health Videos, Doctor's Aids for People with Hearing Loss (fwd)
karenoz at u.washington.edu
Mon Mar 25 10:39:16 PST 1996
To: Gerry Grimm
From: Karen Utter
Your request for info for the medical profession was forwarded to me among
others. The timing is superb! Just tomorrow evening we are having our SHHH
meeting and highlighting the SHHH Hospital Program. If you are not familiar
with it you should be. It is a total program for education within the
hospital/medical setting on the communication needs of people with hearing
loss. A part of the program is a ten minute training video called, "I Only
Hear You when I See Your Face: Tips for Medical Personnel." The
open-captioned video is mainly about people who are HOH or who speechread, but
the training does also mention the use of interpreters when needed.
The program has a guidebook, "People with Hearing Loss and Health Care
Facilities" that includes a suggested identification program for people with
hearing loss using the international symbol (ear with slash) on records and
armbands, etc. As far as I know it is the only program of it's kind.
According to the SHHH catalog, "The SHHH Hospital Porgram has been elected to
the Associations Advance America Award Program, sponsored bye ASAE, for its
significant contribution in the areas of education and community service."
Currently in the Seattle area the program has been implemented in varying
degrees at Overlake Hospital, Harborview, and Stevens Hospital in Edmonds. On
the other side of the state, Providence Hospital in Spokane also has used it.
There is great room for improvement in medical staff training, and the SHHH
Hospital Program is a good place to begin.
I would be happy to answer any specific questions that you might have or Susan
Matt, Pres. Eastside SHHH Chapter has worked very closely with Overlake
hospital on this too.
Thanks for the good question, if I can be of any help please just let me know.
In friendship, Karen Utter
Karen_Utter at msn.com
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