Connected audiological rehabilitation: 21st century innovations

Gabrielle H. Saunders, Theresa H. Chisolm

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Abstract

Background: Tele-audiology provides a means to offer audiologic rehabilitation (AR) in a cost-, resource-, and time-effective manner. If designed appropriately, it also has the capability of personalizing rehabilitation to the user in terms of content, depth of detail, etc., thus permitting selection of the best content for a particular individual. Synchronous/real-time data collection, store and forward telehealth, remote monitoring and mobile health using smartphone applications have each been applied to components of audiologic rehabilitation intervention (sensory management, instruction in the use of technology and control of the listening environment, perceptual and communication strategies training, and counseling). In this article, the current state of tele-audiological rehabilitation interventions are described and discussed. Results: The provision of AR via tele-audiology potentially provides a cost-effective mechanism for addressing barriers to the routine provision of AR beyond provisions of hearing technology. Furthermore, if designed appropriately, it has the capability of personalizing rehabilitation to the user in terms of content, depth of detail, etc., thus permitting selection of the best content for a particular individual. However, effective widespread implementation of tele-audiology will be dependent on good education of patients and clinician alike, and researchers must continue to examine the effectiveness of these new approaches to AR in order to ensure clinicians provide effective evidence-based rehabilitation to their patients. Conclusions: While several barriers to the widespread use of tele-audiology for audiologic rehabilitation currently exist, it is concluded that through education of patients and clinicians alike, it will gain greater support from practitioners and patients over time and will become successfully and widely implemented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)768-776
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Audiology
Volume26
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015

Keywords

  • Audiological rehabilitation
  • Auditory training
  • Aural rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation of hearing impairment
  • Tele-audiology
  • Telemedicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Speech and Hearing

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