The Stigma of Hearing Loss

Stigma is a very tricky thing because it works in multiple ways. First, there is the actual stigma assigned to a condition. So a person with mental illness, for example, is considered by many to be undependable, unstable, and not capable of functioning well. In this case, the stigma is in the minds of the people judging the person with mental illness. But stigma also works in the minds of the people with mental illness who are being judged. They are part of society as well and have absorbed the same attitudes and biases as the rest of us. So they apply the stigma they've learned about mental illness to themselves; they buy in to the ways in which the stigma defines them. They also perceive that others are stigmatizing them and sometimes that's true and sometimes it isn't. ...more
Jan Wilberg Diane Lang Derrick Coleman #40 Since I started Let's Loop Seattle, I have met many ...more