Telepractice in Audiology by Emma Rushbrooke, K. Todd Houston

By Emma Rushbrooke, K. Todd Houston

Telepractice in Audiology offers useful info to audiologists to let the improvement and supply of a profitable telepractice application. particularly, the textual content discusses the technological standards (e.g., videoconferencing apparatus, distant programming software program ideas, net connections, etc.), purposes and versions of provider supply in audiology, coverage and regulatory matters, in addition to destiny instructions within the box. using telepractice expertise, in particular the web and distant programming software program, has the aptitude to enhance fairness of entry to prone and decrease the load put on households. software studies, results, and guides which are rising exhibit the facility to provide subtle audiological tests with trustworthy results. this article offers the data and abilities required to enforce a telepractice software which can supply a number of audiological prone from diagnostics to intervention and habilitation/rehabilitation. extra, varied types of provider supply are offered, hence demonstrating the flexibleness of a telepractice approach.

Telepractice in Audiology is an invaluable source for training clinicians in addition to scholars education to be audiologists. moreover, lecturers of the deaf, speech-language pathologists, IT help folks, and different participants attracted to the applying of, or endeavoring to enforce, teleaudiology courses also will take advantage of this article.

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If services, such as providing support and rehabilitation after hearing aid or cochlear implant fitting, can be delivered using telepractice, this reduces the burden of travel and associated costs and, for some clients, time away from work and family commitments. , 2013). A platform such as Skype is easily accessible, easy to use, and familiar, as it is commonly used by the general public. It also provides a videoconferencing option at no cost. However, although this technology has some advantages, privacy and security may be a concern due to the level of encryption used by a platform such as Skype.

The guidelines state that Audiology Australia does not separate the standards for teleaudiology from those for a face-to-face audiological service delivery model (Audiology Australia, 2013). This emphasizes the fact that outcomes should not be affected when using a telepractice model and highlights the importance of implementing the appropriate equipment solutions. Audiologists considering a teleaudiology model of service delivery should be knowledgeable about current equipment guidelines promoted by the professional or regulating associations.

In audiology, the hybrid model offers the opportunity to deliver a battery of assessments, as highlighted in the school-based program above, and enables the provision of more complete hearing services via telepractice (Krumm & Syms, 2011). The term hybrid is also sometimes used in relation to telerehabilitation, eSupervision, eTraining, and eMentoring, and it refers to a combination of services and/or support delivered by both telepractice and face-to-face modes (Carlin, Carlin, Milam, & Weinberg, 2014).

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