Communication is central to human experience. For those
who are born deaf this is the area most at risk. Unless you have personal
experience of deafness in your work or a family member who is deaf you may
never have thought about this topic. As deafness is invisible the 350 million
individuals worldwide who are deaf, half of this is preventable, are at the
fringe of many societies.
This short course
will allow you to consider health, social and societal issues in relation to
deafness. You will understand how the hearing system works and what can go
wrong, particular challenges in low and middle income countries, about
screening and diagnostic services, amplification including solar powered aids,
challenges to inter-personal communication, sign language and positive stories
about what deaf individual can and do achieve. This will challenge stereotypes and will promote a positive message about deafness in the 21st century.
1. Deafness: a global perspective
of the silent epidemic
The global inequalities and implications for deaf children, young people
An introduction to the hearing system and basic physiology.
Understanding the auditory system.
2. Preventable cause of
Epidemiology of hearing loss in low and middle income countries.
Prevention of hearing impairment and disability, including noise damage,
ototoxicity, age related hearing loss, middle ear disease and measles, mumps,
rubella and malaria as causes of deafness.
3. Identification and assessment of deafness and amplification
Screening, diagnostic assessment, the potential and challenge of
The role of NGOs and manufacturing companies in provision of
Examples of practice.
4. Family Centred Early
Consideration of the international consensus statement on family centred
Examples of how this can apply in a low income countries.
Developing early communication and literacy skills, empowering parents and working with the Deaf community.
5. Fostering interpersonal communication across language modalities
Use of signed languages
6. Possible futures: given support, what can deaf children and adults achieve?
Ronaldoross completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
A patient with quite less hearing strength do face the problems of understanding speech during noise around. Science has moved to such an extent that there are machines for sustaining your Deafness. Severe deafness may result in understanding things just through gestures.