The power and potential of creative writing as therapy is to be explored in a new project aimed at people with different hearing loss and hearing related problems.
The callout for original personal accounts and reflections of this common and life-affecting issue is for a special edition of the BMJ journal, Medical Humanities, to be edited by experts at the University of Nottingham and NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre.
Drs Bonnie Millar and Derek Hoare are inviting people with hearing problems, their partners or family members to write poems and prose about their experiences of living with the hearing related conditions. Medical professionals working in the field are also encouraged to contribute their thoughts in the form of creative pieces of writing.
Dr Hoare is Research Lead for Tinnitus and Hyperacusis at the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre. He said: “Whether you are trying to come to terms with your hearing problem or looking for a way to help a loved one or a patient adapt to living with it, writing can be a helpful outlet. We are interested in people’s thought about how we respond when we meet people who do not hear as we do? What happens when our own hearing function changes? What tools do we have when attempting to communicate about our hearing?
“By collating, curating and publishing some original pieces of writing from anyone with a personal first or second hand experience of hearing loss we hope to foster exchange and understanding between different groups.”
Project Manager, Dr Bonnie Millar, added: “We will welcome pieces of writing from those with hearing aids, cochlear implants, tinnitus and hyperacusis as well as parents of children with repeated middle ear infections, audiologists and physicians themselves. We would like people to think about a variety of hearing related topics including deaf culture, hearing and the media, hearing technology and emotions.”
Medical Humanities is an international journal focussed on the conversation around medicine and its engagement with the arts and humanities, social sciences, health policy, medical education, patient and public experience of health issues. These include history of medicine, cultures of medicine, disability studies, gender and the body, communities in crisis, bioethics, and public health.
Creative writing submissions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
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