Goal 3: Good Health & Well-being
How Might We
... create more inclusive environments for individuals who are hard of hearing or deaf?
Alongside the various obstacles that the deaf and hard of hearing (HoH) communities engage with on the daily basis, a relatively unknown social stigma and presence of social isolation is found to be very prominent within the community. The deaf community has its own communities and cultures, as does the HoH community, in the same way that the hearing community does. Individuals who live with a hearing impairment often feel a sense of social isolation, which can be correlated with elevated levels of depression. Surprisingly, this sense of social isolation is not mutually exclusive between the hearing impaired community and the hearing community, rather, isolation can be found within hearing impaired cultures, and can also be found between the doctor and patient relationship.