Handbook: Basic clinical information, perspectives, and considerations regarding clients with hearing loss

Toni Gennaro Oliver (2003)

The goal of psychology is to provide professional services to everyone who either seeks them or is referred to them. However, a review of the history and a review of current practices with clients with hearing loss delineate gaps within the mental health systems for various reasons, including the limited availability of currently trained health care providers. As a result, professionals must be prepared for the possibility that clients with hearing loss may attempt to seek services from them. The focus of this dissertation is to provide clinicians with a user-friendly handbook as one attempt to address this situation. The handbook includes previously documented diagnostic considerations, common misdiagnosis errors, communication issues, potential resistance issues, treatment consideration, cultural considerations, and additional diversity considerations that are being used by seasoned professionals who currently work with clients that are deaf and hard of hearing.