Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Introduction to the Special Issue on the Psycho-social Impact of Hearing Loss in Everyday Life

Author(s) Kathleen Pichora-Fuller, PhD
Volume 18
Number 4
Year 1994
Page(s) 209-211
Language English
Keywords disability
Abstract The goal of the symposium was to explore how an anthropological framework might facilitate a more coherent view of the handicapping effects of hearing loss. The symposium assembled a range of information and opinions about the everyday experiences of hard-of-hearing persons. The presenters included hard-of-hearing individuals and researchers from a variety of disciplines ( sociology, linguistics, psychology, audiology, nursing, and engineering ) who have a converging interest in understanding the psycho-social ramifications of hearing loss. We attempted to arrive at a new framework through juxtaposition and discussion of ideas. There were two sessions: the first explored factors that modulate handicap in the hard of hearing, including personal, institutional, and environmental factors; the second presented the experiences of specific groups of hard-of-hearing persons.

Le but de ce symposium était d'examiner dans quelle mesure une perspective anthropologique pourrait mener à une vue plus cohérente des conséquences néfastes d'une perte d'audition. Le symposium a réuni une gamme de renseignements et d'opinions sur les expériences quotidiennes des personnes malentendantes. Parmi les conférenciers, on retrouvait des personnes malentendantes et des chercheurs de disciplines aussi diverses que la sociologie, la linguistique, la psychologie, l'audiologie, les soins aux malades et l'ingénierie don’t les intérêts convergent vers une compréhension des ramifications psychosociales de la perte de l'audition. Nous avons tenté d'arriver à une nouvelle perspective par la juxtaposition et la discussion des idées. Ce symposium comprenait deux sessions : la première explorait les facteurs qui influent sur le handicap des personnes malentendantes, que ce soient des facteurs personnels, institutionnels, ou environnementaux; la seconde présentait les expériences de groupes spécifiques de personnes malentendantes.
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