Making audiology work during COVID-19 and beyond

Show simple item record Swanepoel, De Wet Hall, James Wilbur 2021-11-22T08:03:40Z 2021-11-22T08:03:40Z 2020-06
dc.description.abstract The COVID-19 crisis has ushered in a new era in hearing health care that requires a radical rethinking of service delivery in audiology. Low- and no-touch services are now necessary for audiology patients—who are typically at the highest risk for COVID-19 morbidity and mortality due to their age—to access medical care. Fortunately, audiology is a technology-driven profession in terms of providing assessment and intervention, allowing unique opportunities to leverage remote and telehealth hearing care solutions. While traditional diagnostic assessment to differentiate hearing loss due to ear disease, which has a low prevalence, requires a sound-treated environment and a comprehensive test battery, a less controlled environment with fewer tests could suffice for hearing aid fittings. This means that more than 95 percent of adults with hearing loss could be served using alternative low- or no-touch models of audiological care. While very concerning, the ongoing pandemic also offers a unique opportunity to redefine and innovate how hearing health care professionals reach and serve patients in more responsive, efficient, and person-centered ways. Exploring alternative patient journeys is crucial to evolve audiology during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. en_ZA
dc.description.department Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology en_ZA
dc.description.librarian hj2021 en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Swanepoel, D. & Hall, J.W. 2020, 'Making audiology work during COVID-19 and beyond', The Hearing Journal, vol. 73, no. 6, pp. 20, 22-24. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0745-7472 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2333-6218 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1097/01.HJ.0000669852.90548.75
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Lippincott Williams and Wilkins en_ZA
dc.rights © 2020 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved. This is a non-final version of an article published in final form in Hearing Journal, vol. 73, no. 6, pp. 20, 22-24, 2020. doi : 10.1097/01.HJ.0000669852.90548.75. en_ZA
dc.subject Audiology en_ZA
dc.subject COVID-19 pandemic en_ZA
dc.subject Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) en_ZA
dc.title Making audiology work during COVID-19 and beyond en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA

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