Wednesday, August 12, 2015
CDC, It's as Easy as 1,2,3
Two weeks ago the Center for Disease Control (CDC) announced the results of a new study on the prevalence of disability and disability type among American adults. Survey questions asked about disability in regards to vision, cognition, mobility, self-care, and independent living. An asterisk at the bottom of the report explained that questions about deafness and difficulty hearing were not included.
Why didn't they ask about hearing loss as a disability? This study was conducted through random-digit-dialed calls to landlines and cell phones and apparently there was a misconception that people who are deaf and hard of hearing are unable to respond to telephone surveys.
Ever since the CDC announced the study, the Hearing Loss Association of America and the Hearing Health Foundation and others have raised a ruckus. As a result, the CDC is asking how to reach out to people who are deaf and hard of hearing. This is my response: You can call us. Here are three ways we are using the telephone these days:
1. Amplified phones
2. Captioned phones
3. Video relay phones
We may not be able to hear the phone ring, but nowadays, phones can also vibrate and flash. Some people even use service animals to alert them to a phone call. CDC, don't exclude the deaf and hard of hearing from your next survey. There's no excuse when it's as easy as 1,2,3.
Posted by Sarah Wegley at 7:40 PM