Webinar: Covid-19, Hearing Loss & Hospitalization

Apr 6, 2020 5:00 PM


6:30 pm


About the talk: 1) How to communicate 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.

Dr. Chad Ruffin

ENT Doc and CI Surgeon

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Webinar: Covid-19, Hearing Loss & Hospitalization

This talk is geared towards people who primarily communicate orally. Please see the recording, transcript, and slides of presentation by deaf, signing physicians targeted to an ASL audience.

See the recorded talk for the oral presentation here.

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How to Register

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How to pin ASL interpreter’s video stream
  1. Sign up here. Webinar is April 6 @5PM PST.
  2. Presentation starts at 5PM PST sharp. The “waiting room” will open at 4:40PM so that you can ensure that your connection and audio is working.
  3. Use Zoom in your web browser or download app. TO GET THE FULL INTERPRETING EXPERIENCE, YOU WILL NEED TO USE THE APP.
  4. Closed captioning will be provided within the Zoom app. Press the “CC” button towards the bottom of your screen. If you wish to see captions in a separate window, click on this Streamtext link.  You will need to arrange that window near the Zoom window.
  5. ASL interpreting will be provided. You will need to “pin” their window. See figure above.
  6. Q&A will be via the chat interface. Type your questions in the chat, and we will address as we go.
  7. Here you can view the PDF of the presentation.

About the talk

  • How to communicate with your doctor/nurse when they wear face masks.
  • Learn about how hospitals work and how they will change with COVID-19.
  • Learn about tools & apps you can use to prepare ahead of time.
  • To be maximally prepared, look over the resources provided by the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA).

About the Speakers:

RuffinBio Advocacy

Dr. Chad Ruffin is an ear, nose, and throat doctor who specializes in hearing restoration and ear surgery. He communicates orally and is one of the first people born deaf to become a surgeon using cochlear implants. He performs cochlear implant and hearing restoration surgery and teaches his patients how to live to the fullest with hearing loss. In addition to treating patients in the clinic, he also researches and develops technology for hearing loss. Follow the latest updates via Twitter and Facebook.

Tina Childress, AuD

Tina Childress, Au.D., CCC-A is an educational audiologist in mainstream and residential school settings, technology and social media aficionado, late-deafened adult fluent in ASL and a bilateral cochlear implant recipient. With her unique perspective and passion for sharing information through social media, she is an international presenter and motivational speaker for families, adults and professionals. Her expertise includes Hearing Assistance Technology, apps, cochlear implants, advocacy and effective strategies for coping with hearing loss. Dr. Childress is active on many local and national Boards and Committees where she is a strong advocate for accessibility (especially in the performing arts) and disseminating resources. Follow her at tinachildress.wordpress.com.


This webinar is supported by Deaf and Hard of Hearing Technology RERC (deafhhtech.org). Hearty thanks to Dr. Christian Vogler & Rob Roth for helping to organize this event.

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Patient Reviews of Chad Ruffin, MD

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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.

Liz H.

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!

Mathew M.

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!

Brian F.