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Medicina Oral, Patología Oral y Cirugía Bucal (Internet)

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SAN BERNARDINO ALSMARK, Silvia; NOVA GARCIA, Joaquín de; MOURELLE MARTINEZ, María Rosa  and  GALLARDO LOPEZ, Nuria Esther. How to improve communication with deaf children in the dental clinic. Med. oral patol. oral cir.bucal (Internet) [online]. 2007, vol.12, n.8, pp.576-581. ISSN 1698-6946.

It may be difficult for hearing-impaired people to communicate with people who hear. In the health care area, there is often little awareness of the communication barriers faced by the deaf and, in dentistry, the attitude adopted towards the deaf is not always correct. A review is given of the basic rules and advice given for communicating with the hearing-impaired. The latter are classified in three groups - lip-readers, sign language users and those with hearing aids. The advice given varies for the different groups although the different methods of communication are often combined (e.g. sign language plus lip-reading, hearing-aids plus lip-reading). Treatment of hearing-impaired children in the dental clinic must be personalised. Each child is different, depending on the education received, the communication skills possessed, family factors (degree of parental protection, etc.), the existence of associated problems (learning difficulties), degree of loss of hearing, age, etc.

Keywords : Hearing impairment; communication barriers; education; hearing-impaired patient; dentistry.

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