The deaf sleep better for longer

R.and 80,000 people in Germany are deaf. It is therefore very possible that you too will have a deaf patient in the practice or in the hospital. Unfortunately, experience has shown that it is very easy to misunderstand the communication between doctor and nursing staff on the one hand and hearing-impaired patients on the other.

"I.I was 13 years old at the time and kept having sore throats. Our family doctor said I should go to the hospital and have my tonsils removed. So my father and I went to the clinic one morning. "

A.Apparently a completely normal report from those times when the extraction of the pharyngeal tonsils was an everyday operation. With one difference: the young girl and her parents are deaf. A circumstance to which doctors, nurses and helping staff are usually not prepared and which they often do not really know how to deal with.

"D.he nurse said I should take off my clothes. But I didn't know why. It was still broad daylight. My father wanted to explain to her that we are deaf and that she should speak slowly and clearly, but she could not understand him. So I stayed dressed for the time being.

NAfter a while my father had to go to work. He went away and left me alone. I felt abandoned. Finally the nurse reappeared and made it clear to me that I should change and go to bed. I then understood that.

A.The next day I was taken to the anesthesia room. A doctor came in and spoke to me. But I didn't notice anything because he was wearing a face mask. This made it impossible for me to read from my lips. I was so intimidated by the whole unfamiliar situation that I couldn't tell him that I was deaf. So I just kept nodding. Then he gave me an injection and I fell asleep.

JA lot of doctors gathered around my bed every morning. They talked and talked, but it went way too fast and I only saw that everything was fine. I had a lot of questions and would have liked to know more. We felt queasy because I didn't notice so much. Fortunately, my bed neighbor had taken care and wrote down the most important things for me after the rounds. At least that way I knew what medication they had prescribed for me and how I should take them.

M.he nurses had problems too. When they called into the room to wake up in the morning, of course I didn't notice. I suppose the nurse thought I was just ignoring her. That's why she always shook me violently, so that she rudely tore me out of my sleep. And once I was violently scolded for staying on the balcony longer than I was allowed to. I didn't even know how long I could stay outside. "

E.a whole series of misunderstandings which fortunately have had no serious consequences. But there are also cases in which the communication difficulties have led to serious complications. In which doctors misdiagnosed, patients took their medication incorrectly or had an operation without first knowing about it.

D.his pages give you important information on what to look out for when communicating. So that you can have a conversation with your patient and not inadvertently hold a lecture over your patient's head.