As we strive toward a more equitable and unbiased society, it is crucial to take a closer look at how various disabilities disproportionately impact marginalized communities. Among these disabilities is hearing loss, an issue that is all too often overlooked when it comes to Black lives.
Dr. Jocelyn Tubbs, a distinguished audiologist and passionate disability rights advocate, is leading the charge to address this disparity. By raising awareness about the connection between hearing loss and Black lives, Dr. Tubbs is shining a light on an issue that has long been neglected.
Studies have shown that Black Americans are more likely to experience hearing loss than others, especially their White counterparts. A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that Black adults were more likely to report having difficulty in hearing than adults from other racial and ethnic groups. Additionally, Black Americans are more likely to go on with untreated hearing loss, which significantly impacts their quality of life.
The impact of hearing loss on individuals cannot be overstated. It can lead to a sense of isolation and disconnection from loved ones and social activities, and can even result in depression. Unfortunately, for Black Americans, hearing loss can be further compounded by the effects of systemic racism and discrimination.
Access to healthcare services, such as audiology exams and hearing aids, can be more difficult for Black Americans with hearing loss due to the barriers they face. Additionally, everyday communication can be more challenging for them, as they may struggle to understand healthcare providers who cater predominantly to the white population.
Dr. Jocelyn Tubbs recognizes the importance of addressing the systemic factors contributing to hearing loss in Black communities. By doing so, she believes that we can reduce the disparities in hearing loss and improve the quality of life for those affected. She is also working to raise awareness about the unique challenges Black Americans with hearing loss face and advocating for greater accessibility in healthcare and other areas of life.
She even wrote a book, A Sound Adventure, which she hopes for every black child to read and be inspired to become an audiologist. By amplifying the voices of Black Americans along with their white counterparts, with hearing loss and working to address the systemic factors that contribute to the experiences, she hopes to create an inclusive society for all.