A DEAF charity (AOHL ?), is calling on GPs in the town to speak more clearly when dealing with patients with hearing loss after research found 28 per cent of respondents had been unclear about their diagnosis during an appointment.
Action on Hearing Loss said patients blamed misunderstandings after doctors did not face them or speak clearly. Paul Breckell, chief executive, said: “It’s disappointing that many people with hearing loss have difficulty understanding vital health advice because GPs aren’t meeting individual communication needs. “Simple changes can provide a much better service for patients who are deaf or hard of hearing and help avoid unnecessary follow-up appointments or the risk of exacerbated poor health.”
COMMENT: Franticly shouting from the rooftops would NOT assist a DEAF person, I find these types of media bites misleading more than helpful, loops, hearing aids, speaking slowly is great for HARD OF HEARING, but a bit academic if already deaf. MY GP shouts (Mainly at himself), and his attempts to write things down I sent to the British Museum for translation, hope they got a Rosetta stone there to help them, maybe its an address in down town Cairo for all I know.
Basically as lip-reading has only an 30% top success rate, would you be happy with following just one third of what your Dr says ? I wouldn't. 28% of deaf patients ? doubt it !
NOT deaf awareness, get it right.... why isn't AOHL correcting these statements ? It's not a deaf charity, and the advice is not for deaf people.