About the talk: 1) How to communicate in ASL or text with your doctor/nurse when they wear face masks. 2) Learn about how hospitals work and how they will change with COVID-19. 3) Learn about tools & apps you can use to prepare ahead of time. To be maximally prepared, look over the resources provided by the National Association of the Deaf (NAD).
Dr. Chad Ruffin
ENT Doc and CI Surgeon
Dr. Chad Ruffin is an ear, nose, and throat doctor who specializes in ear and cochlear implant surgery in Seattle, Washington. In addition to treating patients in the clinic, he also researches and develops technology for hearing loss.
He is the first person born with severe hearing loss to become a surgeon using cochlear implants. He combines science and lived experience to teach his patients how to live to the fullest with hearing loss.
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Michael McKee, MD, MPH, is a deaf family physician with clinical and research expertise in disability health. He is especially interested in advocating for the rights of patients who are deaf and hard of hearing to obtain equitable health care including accessible communication. His research focus includes health disparities for individuals with various disabilities, health information accessibility, health literacy and telemedicine applications. Dr. McKee is Lead Director of the MDisability program, Co-Director for the Center for Disability Health and Wellness (CDHW) and directs the Deaf Health Clinic at the Dexter Health Center at Michigan Medicine. Currently, he serves on the board of the Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Losses (AMPHL), and is an appointed member of the Roundtable on Health Literacy of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. He is also a member of the Academy Health Disabilities Research Interest Group (IG) Advisory Committee and the Disability Section of the American Public Health Association.
Chris Moreland, MD MPH, is an associate professor of internal medicine and a hospitalist in San Antonio, TX, where he takes care of patients admitted to the hospital. He communicates in both ASL and English and uses a designated interpreter in the professional setting. Currently, he is the president of Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Loss; in this role he works to promote diversity among patients and health professionals with national research, education, and publications on health disparities affecting the deaf and limited English proficient populations.
This webinar is supported by Deaf and Hard of Hearing Technology RERC (deafhhtech.org). Hearty thanks to Dr. Christian Vogler, Dr. Tina Childress, Curt Kwack, & Rob Roth for helping to organize this event.
From the desk of Dr. Ruffin
Are Hearing Aids Best for Severe Hearing Loss?
February 22, 2023
For severe hearing loss, hearing aids aren't the best option. For many, a cochlear implant has a greater chance of improving hearing. Read on to hear the perspective of a cochlear implant surgeon who also has cochlear implants.
Dr. Ruffin was the first person in over 10 years to actually take the time to really listen to me. He took the time to figure out what’s actually going on without chalking it up to something simple and sending me on my way.
I really appreciated Chad's honesty with options, having surgery being a last result and most of all explaining everything in layman's terms. I couldn't be happier with my experience and really appreciate him getting to the bottom of my ear issue and making it feel better than it ever has!
Dr. Ruffin was incredibly knowledgeable, thorough and compassionate. He took the time to fully understand the issues and was able to provide immediate relief. Nothing short of a miracle here. Furthermore, the entire team was very kind and professional. One of the best medical experiences I have had!