Monday, May 27, 2013

"How Can I Help You?": Perspectives from a Patient with a Hearing Loss

Reaching the end of my time at Stanford and scrambling to get things done, so this blog is long overdue for a post about my three-year CI remapping a few weeks ago (!!), plus a CI-related study I participated in at the medical school here, but alas. I'll get to those soon. For now, I'm excited to post another piece of my writing that just came out in the International Journal of Medical Students. Read on for some of my thoughts on lipreading in the medical setting, as well as the importance of doctor-patient communication:

The International Journal of Medical Students is a relatively new journal, only in its second issue, but I'm thrilled to contribute and share insights with medical students, doctors, and medical administrators worldwide. I've always been blessed with good health, but just like anyone else I appreciate the value of clear and direct communication whenever I do visit the doctor's office. Whether one has a hearing loss or not, many of these principles of understanding and interpersonal connection hold true!

1 comment:

  1. Great essay, Rachel. The last two sentences are reverberating, decisive, and earned. You keenly balance the personal narrative with the universal experience of deafness, enough so that any reader--deaf or hearing--can gain a sense of familiarity for the subject but also have a view into your private world. Well done!