About The Book

Telepractice in Audiology provides practical information to audiologists to enable the development and delivery of a successful telepractice program. Specifically, the text discusses the technological requirements (e.g., videoconferencing equipment, remote programming software options, Internet connections, etc.), applications and models of service delivery in audiology, policy and regulatory issues, as well as future directions in the field. The use of telepractice technology, specifically the Internet and remote programming software, has the potential to improve equity of access to services and reduce the burden placed on families. Program reports, outcomes, and publications that are emerging demonstrate the ability to offer sophisticated audiological assessments with reliable outcomes. This text provides the knowledge and skills required to implement a telepractice program that could provide a range of audiological services from diagnostics to intervention and habilitation/rehabilitation. Further, different models of service delivery are presented, thus demonstrating the flexibility of a telepractice approach.

Telepractice in Audiology is a useful resource for practicing clinicians as well as students training to be audiologists. In addition, teachers of the deaf, speech-language pathologists, IT support persons, and other individuals interested in the application of, or endeavoring to implement, teleaudiology programs will also benefit from this text.

From the Foreword

”The emergence of telepractice in audiology represents a major change in audiological practice; in fact, it is the single biggest change that I have observed in my 35 year professional career. Telepractice has the potential to radically alter existing service delivery systems, to provide audiology services to millions who would otherwise not have benefited from them, and, importantly, to improve the level of re/habilitation for people with hearing loss around the world.

Thus, the emergence of this first book on Telepractice in Audiology is incredibly timely. I do understand however that change can be threatening in many ways, and there are consumers, clinicians, researchers, and policymakers who are concerned about the new practice and how it will work for them. I would encourage all to heed the words of Mahatma Gandhi who encouraged us to become actively involved in change; he said, ‘Be the change that you wish to see in the world.’

The first change management step in adopting a new mode of practice is to gain knowledge about the new practice, and this book is an outstanding source of information for that knowledge. It brings together details about the history of telepractice in audiology; existing telepractice in diagnosis, hearing aid fitting, cochlear implant mapping and re/habilitation; methods of evaluating the outcomes of telepractice in audiology; and the potential for future telepractice applications.

The book is edited by clinician/researchers with extensive expertise in this field: Emma Rushbrooke and Todd Houston. I have known Emma since she first studied audiology at The University of Queensland and, in recent years, I supervised her excellent research Masters study that evaluated the validity of remote cochlear implant mapping for children. Both Emma and Todd are committed to developing the evidence-base that needed to underpin telepractice in audiology, and in this book, they have gathered together an outstanding team of contributing authors to provide that evidence.

Finally, I recommend this book to consumers, clinicians, researchers and policymakersthe change to telepractice in audiology is upon us, and reading this book will help us all to be a part of that change.”
Louise Hickson, BSpThy(Hons), MAud, PhD, Professor of Audiology, The University of Queensland

About The Authors

Emma Rushbrooke, MPhil(AUD), BA, DipAud., MAudSA., LSLS. Cert. AVT, RNC, is the clinical director of Hear and Say, one of the largest combined Auditory-Verbal early intervention and hearing implant programs in Australia. Its main center is located in Brisbane, Australia, with five additional regional centers and a dedicated telepractice program for both listening and spoken language therapy and audiology services. As clinical director, Ms. Rushbrooke oversees the listening and spoken language therapy and audiology programs, and is also actively involved in research, mentoring, training, and development. For her master’s of philosophy in 2012, she conducted research on the validity of remote programming of cochlear implants in children. Ms. Rushbrooke has also contributed to a number of publications, as well as presented at national and international conferences. Her areas of interest include listening and spoken language outcomes for children with hearing loss, telepractice service delivery for both audiology and listening and spoken language therapy, implantable hearing technology, microtia and atresia, unilateral hearing loss and single sided deafness, as well as training and mentoring professionals in the field. Ms. Rushbrooke is currently the acting cochair of the Certification Committee of the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language and is also an AG Bell Academy board member.

K. Todd Houston, PhD, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, is a professor in the School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at The University of Akron. His primary areas of research include spoken language acquisition in children with hearing loss, enhancing parent engagement in the intervention process, Auditory-Verbal Therapy, cochlear implantation in children and adults, adult aural rehabilitation, the use of social media and social networking to support clinical services, and telepractice. He directs the Telepractice and eLearning Laboratory (TeLL), an initiative to evaluate clinical practices in the area of distance service delivery in speech-language pathology and audiology. Dr. Houston also is the author/editor of Telepractice in Speech-Language Pathology (2014, Plural Publishing), one of the first texts in the field addressing the topic of telepractice as a service delivery model. Dr. Houston is a widely published author and a sought-after presenter, and he continues to deliver keynote addresses, conference presentations, and workshops on topics such as telepractice, listening and spoken language outcomes in children with hearing loss, parent engagement, and social media/networking.


Table Of Contents

Chapter 1. History, Terminology, and the Advent of Teleaudiology
Emma Rushbrooke and K. Todd Houston

Chapter 2. Models of Service Delivery: What Should We Consider?
Emma Rushbrooke

Chapter 3. Evaluating the Benefits of a Telepractice Model
Colleen Psarros and Catherine M. McMahon

Chapter 4. Remote Programming of Cochlear Implants
Colleen Psarros and Emma van Wanrooy

Chapter 5. Remote Diagnostic Hearing Assessment
Robert H. Eikelboom and De Wet Swanepoel

Chapter 6. Remote Hearing Aid Fittings
David A. Fabry

Chapter 7. Telerehabilitation in Audiology
Michelle von Muralt, Lynda Farwell, and K. Todd Houston

Chapter 8. Potential for Telepractice in Audiology: A Review of Applications in Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Programs
Emma Rushbrooke and Beth Atkinson

Chapter 9. Maximizing Professional Development Opportunities Using Telepractice
Jackie Brown and Carolyn Evans

Chapter 10. From Research to Clinical Practice: What Should We Consider?
Gabriella Constantinescu and Dimity Dornan

Chapter 11. Future Directions in Teleaudiology
De Wet Swanepoel and Robert H. Eikelboom

Appendix A. Participant Survey: eLearning Courses


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