By Katie M Colella, Laura Gaeta, Erica Friedland, Mary A. Hudson, and Debra Busacco This article is a part of the July/August 2020, Volume 32, Number 4, Audiology Today issue. A culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) patient is one who comes from a home environment where a language other than English is spoken and whose cultural values differ from mainstream culture. According to the Center of Immigration Studies, about one in five U.S. residents speak a language other than English at home (Camarota and Zeigler, 2015). This article provides information about factors related to cultural and linguistic diversity as they relate to best hearing health-care practices. Cultural and linguistic competence suggests an ability by health-care providers and health-care organizations to understand and respond effectively to the cultural and linguistic needs brought by patients to the health-care encounter (HHS, 2000). Readers will benefit from the examples, resources, and recommendations for removing communication barriers when interacting with CLD patients. A changing and increasingly diverse population in the United States has created challenges for providers to deliver culturally competent services while maintaining a high quality of care and improving hearing-health outcomes. Communication barriers, including language, can impact patient satisfaction, understanding, and quality of care. To provide culturally competent and high-quality services, clinicians must strive to effectively communicate with all patients, including the CLD population and those vulnerable to low-health literacy. Increasing cultural competence and adhering to best-practice guidelines will decrease communication barriers and increase patient satisfaction. In turn, this improves the effectiveness of audiologists’ services and achieves a positive patient–provider relationship. As clinicians, we need to strive to remove language and cultural barriers to provide excellence in hearing health care for all. This content is an exclusive benefit for American Academy of Audiology members. If you're a member, log in and you'll get immediate access. Member Login If you're not yet a member, you'll be interested to know that joining not only gives you access to top-notch resources like this one, but also invitations to member-only events, inclusion in the member directory, participation in professional forums, and access to patient resources, tools, and continuing education. Join today!