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Telepractice in Audiology

Edited by: Emma Rushbrooke, K Todd Houston
284 pages, Illustrated (B/W), Softcover, 6 x 9" 1 lbs
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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 policymakers – the 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


  • Barbara A. Vento, PhD, Department of Communication Science and Disorders, University of Pittsburgh, International Journal of Telerehabilitation, Vol. 8, No. 1 (Spring 2016):
    "Emma Rushbrooke and K. Todd Houston and contributing chapter authors have produced an excellent book, ''Telepractice in Audiology''. It includes practical information on how to develop and implement a successful telepractice program. The book's organization is easy to follow with key points and a summary section for individual chapters. The authors address technological requirements, service delivery models, regulatory issues and policy, and future directions. Chapters 1-3 focus on the history, models of service delivery and how to evaluate various teleaudiology models. Chapters 4-8 present telepractice models for audiology diagnostics and rehabilitation. These chapters include newborn hearing screenings, general diagnostic procedures, remote programming of cochlear implants, remote hearing aid fitting and follow up care, and telerehabilitation. Chapters 9-11 propose future directions for telepractice and underscores the need for continuing research to support expanded teleaudiology services to patients and clients. In conclusion, ''Telepractice in Audiology'' is an excellent textbook for AuD students. It is a credible and clear source of information for audiologists who might consider incorporating tele-audiology in their practice settings, as well as for experienced tele-audiologists who wish to gain additional perspectives on the range of current practice. The contents of this book will also be of interest to speech-language pathologists, policy makers, and payers. Rushbrooke and Houston have produced a book that is comprehensive, evidence-based, well written, and strong on references."

  • Liz Hignett, Product Manager, Starkey Laboratories Ltd., Stockport, UK, ENT & Audiology News (May/June 2018):
    "'Telepractice in Audiology' is a useful insight and presents information in an easy to digest format whilst still being comprehensive. The book is aimed at those who may be unfamiliar with the concept of telepractice and those who may be considering incorporating this into their standard practice. This could be applicable to all professionals within the audiology and speech and language disciplines. The authors do not assume any prior understanding of the reader which ensures all technical terms and concepts are well defined and allows for an easy read. Each process of assessment and rehabilitation is discussed with reference to telepractice and how this can enhance standard procedure. The authors present an unbiased view and highlight potential pitfalls and barriers the clinician may need to consider. Applications such as training and professional development are also touched upon and the benefits to the clinician and students of the profession. There is a strong focus too on the patients and significant others, and how this can ultimately make services more accessible, cost effective and create minimal stress or anxiety. Real life working examples are referenced regularly which could provide a suitable benchmark for those considering adopting these methods. . . . Given the exponential rate at which technology is developing around us, it is possible in the very near future that telepractice will be integral to our roles as clinicians, and is something we will need to be more familiar with."

Foreword by Louise Hickson, BSpThy(Hons), MAud, PhD

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


About The Editors

Emma Rushbrooke

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.

K Todd Houston

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.

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