Empowering the deaf: let the deaf be deaf

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Title: Empowering the deaf: let the deaf be deaf
Authors: Muñoz Baell, Irma María | Ruiz-Cantero, María Teresa
Research Group/s: Salud Pública
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Enfermería Comunitaria, Medicina Preventiva y Salud Pública e Historia de la Ciencia
Keywords: Empowering strategies | Deafness | Communication barriers
Knowledge Area: Medicina Preventiva y Salud Pública
Date Created: 1999
Issue Date: Jan-2000
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group
Citation: MUÑOZ BAELL, Irma María; RUIZ CANTERO, María Teresa. "Empowering the deaf: let the deaf be deaf". Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. Vol. 54, No. 1 (Jan. 2000). ISSN 0143-005X, pp. 40-44
Abstract: Deafness is often regarded as just a one and only phenomenon. Accordingly, deaf people are pictured as a unified body of people who share a single problem. From a medical point of view, we find it usual to work with a classification of deafness in which pathologies attributable to an inner ear disorder are segregated from pathologies attributable to an outer/middle ear disorder. Medical intervention is thus concerned more with the origin, degree, type of loss, onset, and structural pathology of deafness than with communicative disability and the implications there may be for the patient (mainly dependency, denial of abnormal hearing behaviour, low self esteem, rejection of the prosthetic help, and the breakdown of social relationships). In this paper, we argue that hearing loss is a very complex phenomenon, which has many and serious consequences for people and involves many factors and issues that should be carefully examined. The immediate consequence of deafness is a breakdown in communication whereby the communicative function needs to be either initiated or restored. In that sense, empowering strategies—aimed at promoting not only a more traditional psychological empowerment but also a community one—should primarily focus on the removal of communication barriers.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/8410
ISSN: 0143-005X
DOI: 10.1136/jech.54.1.40
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. http://jech.bmj.com/
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jech.54.1.40
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