ABSTRACT: Aside from elderly relatives, some of us may have never had any direct personal experience with a person who is deaf or hard of hearing, and so may be unfamiliar with how to effectively communicate with these people. This can make for a very awkward, frustrating and possibly embarrassing experience for both parties. This author is a wearer of hearing aids herself, and would like to share some information on hearing loss and tips on effective communication with a person with hearing loss.


Jessica Laura Griffin BVNSc

Jessica is a mature student studying Veterinary Nursing at University College Dublin. She has mild-to- moderate hearing loss in both ears and has worn hearing aids since 2017, which have greatly improved her confidence in her studies and in working in practice. She works as an Animal Care Attendant in an emergency practice in Dublin and has a keen interest in exotics.

Email: Jessica.griffin1@ucdconnect.ie; griffinjessical@hotmail.com

Keywords: Communication; hearing loss; compliance

To cite this article: Veterinary Nursing Journal • VOL 33 (12) • December 2018 pp340-342

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