Audism and Its Implications for Audiology Purpose Two healthcare providers with hearing loss, one neuropsychologist, and one audiologist, explore the concept of audism and its implications within the field of audiology. Method Literature review and frank contemplation. Results The present investigation found no peer-reviewed literature on the topic of audism within the ... Article
Article  |   December 19, 2017
Audism and Its Implications for Audiology
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Jaime A. B. Wilson
    Independent Private Practice, Wilson Clinical Services, PLLC, Tacoma, WA
  • Samuel R. Atcherson
    Department of Audiology and Speech Pathology, University of Arkansas at Little Rock/University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR
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  • Financial: Portions of this paper was presented by the first author at the biennial 2015 Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Losses (AMPHL) conference in Ann Arbor, MI. The second author was an active participant in the presentation.
    Financial: Portions of this paper was presented by the first author at the biennial 2015 Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Losses (AMPHL) conference in Ann Arbor, MI. The second author was an active participant in the presentation.×
  • Nonfinancial: Jaime A.B. Wilson has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Samuel R. Atcherson has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.
    Nonfinancial: Jaime A.B. Wilson has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Samuel R. Atcherson has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.×
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Hearing Disorders / Part 1
Article   |   December 19, 2017
Audism and Its Implications for Audiology
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, December 2017, Vol. 2, 18-28. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG8.18
History: Received January 23, 2017 , Revised August 28, 2017 , Accepted September 28, 2017
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, December 2017, Vol. 2, 18-28. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG8.18
History: Received January 23, 2017; Revised August 28, 2017; Accepted September 28, 2017

Purpose Two healthcare providers with hearing loss, one neuropsychologist, and one audiologist, explore the concept of audism and its implications within the field of audiology.

Method Literature review and frank contemplation.

Results The present investigation found no peer-reviewed literature on the topic of audism within the audiology discipline. Awareness of audism and its manifestations have implications for helping audiologists and other hearing healthcare professionals to improve patient satisfaction and treatment compliance.

Conclusions Audism is the notion that one is superior based on one's ability to hear or to behave in the manner of one who hears. Strong consideration should be given to including language and cultural studies of the Deaf community within audiology graduate training curriculums. Suggestions for overcoming audism—whether intentional or unintentional—are provided along with research recommendations.

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