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Remote technologies to enhance service delivery for adults: clinical research perspectives

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posted on 2023-08-02, 16:09 authored by Melanie A Ferguson, Robert H Eikelboom, Cathy M. Sucher, David MaidmentDavid Maidment, Rebecca J. Bennett

There are many examples of remote technologies that are clinically effective and provide numerous benefits to adults with hearing loss. Despite this, the uptake of remote technologies for hearing healthcare has been both low and slow until the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has been a key driver for change globally. The time is now right to take advantage of the many benefits that remote technologies offer, through clinical, consumer, or hybrid services and channels. These include greater access and choice, better interactivity and engagement, and tailoring of technologies to individual needs, leading to clients who are better informed, enabled, and empowered to self-manage their hearing loss. This article provides an overview of the clinical research evidence-base across a range of remote technologies along the hearing health journey. This includes qualitative, as well as quantitative, methods to ensure the end-users' voice is at the core of the research, thereby promoting person-centered principles. Most of these remote technologies are available and some are already in use, albeit not widespread. Finally, whenever new technologies or processes are implemented into services, be they clinical, hybrid, or consumer, careful consideration needs to be given to the required behavior change of the key people (e.g., clients and service providers) to facilitate and optimize implementation.

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Seminars in Hearing

Volume

44

Issue

3

Pages

328-350

Publisher

Thieme Publishing

Version

  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Thieme

Publisher statement

This paper was accepted for publication in Seminars in Hearing published by Thieme Publishing. The final publication is available at https://doi.org/10.1055/s-0043-1769742.

Acceptance date

2023-05-22

Publication date

2023-07-21

Copyright date

2023

ISSN

0734-0451

eISSN

1098-8955

Language

  • en

Depositor

Dr David Maidment. Deposit date: 23 May 2023