Audiologist, lgbtqia+, hearing health, lgbtqia+ affirming behavior, health equity, inclusivity
Communication Sciences and Disorders | Critical and Cultural Studies | Medicine and Health Sciences | Speech Pathology and Audiology
The primary objective of this project is to cultivate a better understanding of clinicians' cultural attitudes and behaviors within the field of audiology concerning LGBTQIA+ clients. The study describes the attitudes and behaviors of clinical audiologists serving individuals in the LGBTQIA+ community. It also explores a few barriers to healthcare needs for these clients, including hearing habilitation and rehabilitation. An anonymous survey was used to collect data from the clinicians in the United States on their current knowledge of LGBTQIA+ related terminology and language, affirmative attitudes and behaviors, and cultural sensitivity to these clients receiving audiological services. Analysis of the results showed deficits in understanding of LGBTQIA+ topics and terms. Cultural competency training and education of professionals is likely to show improvement within these areas.
Omilian, Stella, "Cultural Competency in Practicing Audiologists Serving LGBTQIA+ Clients" (2023). Honors Projects. 928.