Cultural Humility

Cultural humility is defined as “having an interpersonal stance that is other-oriented rather than self-focused, characterized by respect and lack of superiority toward an individual’s cultural background and experience” (Hook et al., 2013, p. 353), and is considered an essential first step in addressing racial and ethnic health care disparities (Institute of Medicine, 2003). This kind of “interpersonal stance” shares many characteristics with patient-centered care, but also requires a different type of self-knowledge as well as advanced counseling skills.

The following essays are offered as food for thought as we commit to equitable and bias-free hearing health care.

Counseling Cannot Be Colorblind

Can a “Patient Dignity Question” Mitigate Healthcare Inequities? Part 1/2 and Part 2/2

“Nonverbals” Can Convey Implicit Bias

Addressing DEI Early in the AuD Curriculum

Counseling with Cultural Humility, Introduction: Part 1/4

Cultural Humility, Part 2/4: Mitigating Racial Health Disparity with Patient-Centeredness

Cultural Humility, Part 3/4: Implicit Bias is a Cognitive Habit We Can Change

Cultural Humility: Part 4/4: Perspective-Getting/Radical Empathy

Improving Cross-Racial Communication: Start by Using Honorifics and Last Names



Hook, J. N., et al. (2013). Cultural humility: Measuring openness to culturally diverse clients. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 60, 353–366.

Institute of Medicine. (2003). Unequal treatment: Confronting racial and ethnic disparities in health care. Washington, DC: National Academies Press.