Hearing Humanities: A Holistic Approach to Audiology Education
This thesis explores the intersection of Deaf/disability identity and the practice of audiology, and has three aims: first, to establish broad background information about the common cultures, identities, and models that relate to disability; second, to connect this background information to the personal and social domains of the lives of people with hearing loss; and finally, to establish current problems and provide direction in training future audiologists in order to ensure clinicians provide care that is above and beyond minimum ethical standards. The first aim will be accomplished by outlining the history and development of Deaf culture and its key features, framing the parallel history and development of disability culture and identity, and comparing and contrasting Deaf culture and identity with disability culture and identity. The second aim of this work will be accomplished by revisiting the definition of disability models, introducing the models that might have bearing on the lives of people with disabilities, and applying these models to the social experience of a person with hearing loss. The final aim of this work will be accomplished by establishing a brief history of the field of audiology, examining the ethics that guide audiology practice, defining and describing audiological counseling, and introducing a new approach to training clinicians that incorporates the humanities.