HOH In Health
HOH In Health is a youth-led organization that is dedicated to helping younger students with hearing loss in their pursuit of careers in healthcare. Our goal is to improve the access that hard of hearing students have, not only to preprofessional resources, but to mentors that work in the field and have similar disabilities.
About 12.7% of the United States population self-identifies with a disability . However, less than one percent of US medical school graduates have either physical or sensory disabilities .
The goal of HOH In Health is to address this issue, focusing on students with hearing-related impairment. By showing current students role models in healthcare who faced the same issues they do, allowing for them to form bonds with these experience mentors, and providing preprofessional resources, HOH In Health hopes to pave the way for a new generation of medical professionals with hearing loss.
1: United States Census Bureau. Characteristics of the group quarters population in the United States: 2010 American Community Survey 1-year estimates. https://data.census.gov/cedsci/table?q=disabled&tid=ACSST1Y2019.S1810&hidePreview=true2: Eickmeyer S, Do K, Kirschner K, Curry R. North American medical schools’ experience with and approaches to the needs of students with physical and sensory disabilities. Acad Med. 2012;87(5):567-573.
Annabelle Jin is a first-year undergraduate student at the University of Pennsylvania studying biology and medical sociology on the premed track. She has a bilateral sensorineural hearing loss and uses dark blue hearing aids (her previous ones were light blue— her favorite color). Nothing makes her more excited than showing others who were born with hearing loss that they’re not alone! Outside of HOH In Health, Annabelle can be found petting cats, reading books, and trying out the newest Asian dessert shop.
Aayush Gandhi is a student in the 7-Year BS/MD program at The College of New Jersey/New Jersey Medical School. At five, he was diagnosed with severe bilateral sensorineural hearing loss. He uses black hearing aids, which are almost constantly playing his latest musical obsession. Helping young, HOH scholars navigate the professional world is a great passion of his! Outside of HOH In Health, Aayush is found burying himself in his favorite books, writing poetry, supplementing his boba addiction (courtesy of Annabelle), and studying for medical school!