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Audiology Telepractice Overcomes Obstacles in Accessibility

A 2008 article in The ASHA Leader chronicles the increased popularity of audiology telepractice over the past few years. Here are some highlights from the article:

  • In Canada, audiologists are using telepractice to give hearing screening tests to newborns who don’t pass their first test. The telepractice program is expected to expand to 15 remote sites; it is especially useful to Aboriginal communities in Canada that are only reachable by air.
  • In Florida, telepractice is helping families shorten the distances they must travel for children’s cochlear implant mapping.
  • In Alaska, store-and-forward telepractice has proven invaluable to patients who would have had to wait months for an otolaryngologist visit. Phil Hofstetter, the director of the audiology at the Norton Sound Health Corporation, says that telepractice has also reduced patients’ travel costs by more than $100,000.
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