Access to Auditory Information Jillian Kornak’s March 2018 article (“Are Your Patients Really Hearing You?”) provides so many timely and critical reminders for we who, as communication professionals, need to make sure that our communication is accessible to patients and families. I was a little disappointed that, while most of the at-risk groups were ... Inbox
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Access to Auditory Information
The ASHA Leader, May 2018, Vol. 23, 5. doi:10.1044/leader.IN4.23052018.5
The ASHA Leader, May 2018, Vol. 23, 5. doi:10.1044/leader.IN4.23052018.5
Jillian Kornak’s March 2018 article (“Are Your Patients Really Hearing You?”) provides so many timely and critical reminders for we who, as communication professionals, need to make sure that our communication is accessible to patients and families.
I was a little disappointed that, while most of the at-risk groups were addressed, those with disordered auditory processing abilities were not. A clarion reminder is needed: We ultimately hear with our brain, not with our ears alone. Auditory processing disorders (APDs), along with any co-morbid issues, can produce significant loss of access to auditory information in less-than-optimal settings.
Peripheral hearing loss is certainly a critical consideration. But we need to be alert: APD is one of the most invisible of disabilities, even among those of us who are communication experts. And risk of APD increases in the presence of peripheral hearing loss and in older individuals, even if their audiograms are normal.
Let’s not forget to include the entire auditory system when increasing our vigilance for communication success.
Michael Webb, Sierra Vista, Arizona

We appreciate your letter and agree that all types of communication difficulties should be considered in patient-clinician interactions.

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