UCLA Dental Course Addresses Barriers Faced by Deaf Patients

Going to the dentist can be an anxious experience for anyone, but even more daunting when there are communication barriers.

Because of cultural and language barriers, people who are deaf or hard of hearing often lack access to efficient communication in the health care system. These disparities can lead to misdiagnoses, mistreatment, limited access to care, and poorer outcomes.

“Without communication, you don’t have trust,” said Andrew Moore, a deaf interpreter and American Sign Language instructor.

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