February 26-28, 2017 • Atlanta, GA


2/27/2017  |   11:35 AM - 12:05 PM   |  Cultural Sensitivity: Counseling Hispanic/Latino Families   |  Hanover B

Cultural Sensitivity: Counseling Hispanic/Latino Families

Hispanics are currently the largest cultural minority group in the United States. According to the NIDCD, nearly 1 out of every 7 Hispanic currently have hearing loss. The total general number of Hispanics is expected to increase dramatically. It is reported that by 2050, the census may report up to 102.5 million Hispanics/Latinos, that is approximately 1 in every 4 Americans will be Hispanic. As the general Hispanic population increases, so will the Hispanic population with hearing loss and deafness. This poses an immense need in learning and understanding the unique needs of this population particularly those whose first language is Spanish. This “cultural sensitivity” perspective changes the way we approach, counsel, support, and provide services to our Hispanic families. Although it is important to provide clinical care and deliver services in their native language, it is even more important to capture the culture which may differ greatly from region to region. This presentation will include a brief demographic review of those areas that have a high population of Hispanics, identify challenges and unique needs within that population, and provide practical tools that will improve counseling. This perspective of exhibiting “cultural sensitivity” should become the core of counseling for this population during such times upon diagnosis of hearing loss, aural rehabilitation, cochlear implantation, audiological services, communication and educational options, etc. This session will be valuable to families and clinicians and will provide an improved perspective on how to serve this unique population.

  • Identify their own biases by taking an introspective view that may influence the clinical care and counseling for Spanish speaking populations
  • List and explain 5 critical questions regarding cultural sensitivity
  • Develop an action plan for how they will implement the 5 critical questions regarding cultural sensitivity into their practice

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Myriam De La Asuncion (), MedEL Corporation, Myriam.DeLaAsuncion@medel.com;
Dr. Myriam De La Asuncion is an Assistant Professor, Cochlear Implant Audiologist at the Ear Institute at the Barton G. Kids Hear Now Cochlear Implant Family Resource Center. At the Center, she works in conjunction with the Pediatric CI Program with pediatric case management, pediatric evaluations, cochlear implant programming, educational support, and counseling. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and her Doctorate in Audiology from the University of Florida. She has a Certificate of Clinical Competence in audiology from the American Speech and Hearing Association. Dr. De La Asuncion is licensed to practice audiology in the state of Florida. She has been a cochlear implant audiologist since 2004 and has practiced in Florida and New York. Her previous experience includes having worked at Beth Israel/NYEE in NYC as a cochlear implant audiologist, and as a clinical applications specialist with Cochlear Americas. She has also organized and led bilingual support groups, and has given numerous presentations on cochlear devices and programming training. Dr. De La Asuncion is now the Consumer Engagement Program Manager for Bilingual Programs at MED-EL.


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Michael Douglas (), MEDEL Corporation, michael.douglas@medel.com;
Michael is a speech-language pathologist and a certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist. He received his BA in speech-language pathology in 1994 and an MA in 1996 from the University of North Texas. He received his certification in auditory-verbal therapy in 2002. Since then he has focused his career on teaching children with hearing loss to listen and speak in various settings including early childhood programs, schools, hospitals, private practice, and cochlear implant centers. He is the recipient of the Cochlear Americas Clinical Fellow Award, the Helen Bebee Scholarship and was a finalist for the Houston Business Journal’s “Health Care Hero” for his work on reducing the gap in services between identification of hearing loss and intervention. Michael served as the Director of the Speech Clinic and Director of Intervention Services at the Center for Hearing and Speech in Houston, TX from 2005-2012 and the Principal of the Mama Lere Hearing School at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN from 2012-2016. Michael has contributed to several peer review publications for children with hearing loss and has been an adjunct instructor for The University of Houston and Vanderbilt University. Currently, he mentors aspiring Cert. AVTs, lectures worldwide and is the aural rehabilitation manager for MEDEL North America and Caribbean States.


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