More Audiologists Adopt Telepractice Technology

Audiologists have thus far been slow to adopt telepractice technology, mainly due to concerns about connectivity and cost. As telepractice technology becomes more sophisticated however, more audiologists are using videoconferencing to interact with patients. The potential benefits of audiology telepractice are immense. Regional audiology clinics can offer hearing tests to those who live in rural communities, and patients who see multiple audiologists or need to transfer care can use telepractice services to share case history information and treatment plans. Moreover, researchers have already dealt with connectivity and cost issues: portable satellite technology and wireless Internet systems with portable power sources allow rural communities without Broadband to access telepractice services, and web cameras and high-quality video software are now marketed inexpensively to home users. Hopefully as more audiologists embrace telepractice, more patients will gain access to improved audiology services.

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