Improving Hospital Care for People with Hearing Loss


Conversations between patients, families, and clinicians are an essential part of health care. In the hospital, these conversations may be even more important. However, hospitals are loud and patients are often removed from their familiar environments. Masks make communication even more difficult. People who are hard of hearing (i.e., with hearing loss) may be especially affected by these challenges.

To better support people with hearing loss in their hospital journey, more work is needed. We need to learn more about how hearing loss affects hospital care and potential solutions. Our research team is developing a set of studies to address these questions. We are inviting people with hearing loss that live in Alberta and have been hospitalized in the last year to join the research team as active and equal members. We are also inviting family members of people meeting these criteria to join.

No previous research experience is required and training will be provided.

Roles and Responsibilities

Partners can expect to provide their perspective and expertise in the co-development of all phases of this project. There are a number of activities available, depending on interests and skills. These may include:

  • Providing input on the goals and approaches to the research studies
  • Contributing to the development of questionnaires and interview guides
  • Supporting or co-facilitating focus group discussions
  • Collaborating on data analysis and summarizing findings
  • Supporting knowledge translation activities
Time Commitment

The project is anticipated to start May 2022 and continue to May 2024. The end date for partners is flexible and based on their wishes. Time commitment will vary depending on project activities and deliverables. We expect to meet at least once per month (either in-person or video) for one hour.


Partners will be offered compensation for their time and contributions. Reimbursement will be available for travel/parking costs associated with in-person meeting attendance, if applicable.

For more information or to apply:
Meg Lunney (Research Associate)

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Land Acknowledgment

The Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit operates on and acknowledges the lands that are the traditional and ancestral territory of many peoples, presently subject to Treaties 6, 7, and 8. Namely: the Blackfoot Confederacy – Kainai, Piikani, and Siksika – the Cree, Dene, Saulteaux, Nakota Sioux, Stoney Nakoda, and the Tsuu T’ina Nation and the Métis People of Alberta. This includes the Métis Settlements and the Métis Nation of Alberta. We acknowledge the many First Nations, Métis and Inuit who have lived in and cared for these lands for generations. We make this acknowledgment as a reaffirmation of our shared commitment towards reconciliation, and as part of AbSPORU’s mandate towards fostering health system transformation.