Why is Effective Communication Vital to Good Patient Outcomes?
Being able to communicate clearly with doctors, nurses and other members of a health care team is critical. When everyone can understand each other, it is much easier to accurately diagnose, care for and treat patients in the best and safest way possible. See HLAA Guide to Effective Communication in Health Care for details and examples.
Read “Why Patients Need Hearing Loops” by Juliëtte Sterkens, AuD, to understand what limitations there are for hearing aids and cochlear implants beyond a range of 6′ in quiet spaces. Telecoils and hearing loops increase the odds of being able to understand speech over distance and with noise.
Hospital Re-admission Rates 32% Higher Due to Impact of Hearing Loss on Communication. JAGS Abstract: Hearing Loss and Patient Activation (April 2019)
When it comes to civic spaces used by the general public, being able to fulfill your civic responsibility by serving as a juror is probably the best example of where the ADA’s “effective communication” rule is most compelling. Examples of courtrooms where audio induction loop systems have been installed:
Supreme Court of the United States (2014) PDF
Supreme Court of the United States (website)
US District Court, Central District of Illinois
American Academy of Audiology
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
Assess Your Hearing Online
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
American Tinnitus Association
Audiology Awareness Campaign
BEGINNINGS (for Parents of Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing)
Florida Association of the Deaf
Hands and Voices
Hearing Charities of America
The Hyperacusis Network
League for the Hard of Hearing
Let’s Loop Seattle!
LOOP New Mexico!
Medical Hear It
Medline Plus (BOTH)
National Association of the Deaf
RNID (British Audiology Association) Newsletter
Vestibular Disorder Association (BOTH)
Voice for Hearing Impaired Children