Characteristics, behaviours and readiness of persons seeking hearing healthcare online

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dc.contributor.author Ratanjee-Vanmali, Husmita
dc.contributor.author Swanepoel, De Wet
dc.contributor.author Laplante-Levesque, Ariane
dc.date.accessioned 2020-04-24T06:28:19Z
dc.date.available 2020-04-24T06:28:19Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.description.abstract OBJECTIVE : This study describes characteristics, behaviours and readiness of people who are interested in seeking hearing healthcare (HHC) online. DESIGN : A non-profit clinic was established from which services through a virtual clinic are offered. Most of the patient–audiologist interactions are conducted online. We used online means to invite individuals to take a free online digit-in-noise (DIN) test. Upon failing the test, individuals reported their readiness to seek HHC by using two tools: the line and the staging algorithm. STUDY SAMPLE : Individuals ≥18 years of age, within the greater Durban area, South Africa, were eligible to participate in the study. RESULTS : A total of 462 individuals completed the online DIN test during the first 3 months. Of those, 58.66% (271/462) failed the test and 11.04% (51/462) submitted their details for further contact from the clinic audiologist. Five individuals proceeded to a comprehensive hearing evaluation and hearing aid trial: all those individuals showed readiness to seek further HHC on the measurement tools. These individuals have reported knowing of their hearing challenges prior to taking the test and have waited for a period of between 5 and 16 years before seeking HHC. A significant association between age and DIN test result was found. CONCLUSION : This explorative study is the first clinic to utilise digital tools across the entire patient journey in combination with face-to-face interactions in providing HHC. Internet-connected devices provide an opportunity for individuals to seek HHC and for providers to offer initial services to detect, counsel and support persons through the initial engagement process of seeking HHC. This may open up new audiology patient pathways through online hearing screening, assessment of readiness to seek further HHC and enhancement of service delivery using hybrid services by combining online and face-to-face modes of synchronous and asynchronous communication. en_ZA
dc.description.department Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology en_ZA
dc.description.librarian hj2020 en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship The National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa and the Oticon Foundation. en_ZA
dc.description.uri https://www.tandfonline.com/loi/iija20 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Husmita Ratanjee-Vanmali, De Wet Swanepoel & Ariane Laplante-Lévesque (2019) Characteristics, behaviours and readiness of persons seeking hearing healthcare online, International Journal of Audiology, 58:2, 107-115, DOI: 10.1080/14992027.2018.1516895. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1499-2027 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1708-8186 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1080/14992027.2018.1516895
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/74369
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Taylor and Francis en_ZA
dc.rights © 2018 The Authors. Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group on behalf of British Society of Audiology, International Society of Audiology, and Nordic Audiological Society. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/). en_ZA
dc.subject Hearing healthcare (HHC) en_ZA
dc.subject Online hearing healthcare en_ZA
dc.subject Patient information en_ZA
dc.subject Hearing screening en_ZA
dc.subject Hearing status en_ZA
dc.subject Patient pathways en_ZA
dc.subject mHealth en_ZA
dc.subject eHealth en_ZA
dc.subject Teleaudiology en_ZA
dc.subject South Africa (SA) en_ZA
dc.subject Digit-in-noise (DIN) test en_ZA
dc.title Characteristics, behaviours and readiness of persons seeking hearing healthcare online en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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