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Stories of Care

Aug 22, 2023

While masking has been established as an effective way to help prevent the spread of respiratory illness, it has created substantial challenges for people and physicians with hearing loss. Dr. Joanne Turner Bisgrove is a Family Medicine physician and anti-ableism advocate. Dr. Bisgrove outlines her experience as a physician with hearing impairment in a pandemic that required everyone to wear masks, limiting her ability to read lips and hear her patients. She discusses her struggles and shares her ultimate message of how physicians can truly be inclusive while not sacrificing the safety of patients and themselves.