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Abstract

Theory of Health as Expanding Consciousness, as it applies to hearing impairment, requires that, for an individual to see health as the pattern of the whole, one needs to be able to see that disease or impairment is not a separate entity, but rather a manifestation of the evolving pattern of person-environment interaction (Newman, 2008). In the typical diversity training programs for health care professionals, diversity generally pertains to culture and ethnicity (Radler, 1999). However, the authors suggest that we should consider individuals with disabilities as an element of diversity training. Caring for patients with hearing loss including practical and ethical considerations for best possible outcomes is discussed.

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