Episode 20: Hearing Loss and Identity

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Episode 20 Show Notes

On episode 20 of All Ears at Child’s Voice: A Hearing Loss Podcast, Tatum and Wendy are joined by Dr. Michele Friedner from The University of Chicago. Michele is a social and medical anthropologist and works as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Comparative Human Development at The University of Chicago. She has a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Brown University and received a master’s degree in anthropology from UC Berkeley and her PdD from the joint medical anthropology program at the University of California at Berkeley and San Francisco. Michele has written a variety of publications, including books, book chapters, and articles focused on hearing loss, deafness, and disability with a special focus on the deaf population in India.

The topic for this episode is a little different from the topics previously covered on All Ears at Child’s Voice. On today’s episode, Tatum and Wendy talk to Dr. Friedner about the language professionals and families use when describing hearing loss, hearing technology, and disability and how that language represents as well as shapes the identities of children with hearing loss and children who use cochlear implants.

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