Applied tele-audiology research in clinical practice during the past decade: a scoping review

Int J Audiol. 2020 Sep 10:1-9. doi: 10.1080/14992027.2020.1817994. Online ahead of print.


OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this scoping review was two-fold, (1) to provide information about the characteristics, type of service delivery, participant information and outcomes related to tele-audiology in clinical popluations, and (2) to describe documented facilitators and barriers to tele-audiology delivery from the perspectives of practitioners and service recipients. Knowledge of these findings can assist audiologists in considering remote service delivery options for their practices.

DESIGN: A scoping review was conducted in November 2019 to identify English-language peer-reviewed journal articles published from 1 January 2010 to 30 October 2019 related to remote clinical service delivery in audiology.

RESULTS: Thirty-six published research articles were included. Research studies were classified into four broad areas with some articles including more than one area within the scope of their article: Screening (n = 5), Diagnostic (n = 5), Intervention (n = 18), and Perspectives (n = 22).

CONCLUSION: Hearing healthcare service delivery is expanding with the changing technological landscape, providing greater opportunities and flexibility for audiologists and patients. There are clear opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration and for collaboration with on-site local facilitators. Local facilitators, with training, can assist in connecting individuals to follow-up care, provide educational support, and needed hands-on assistance for specialised testing.

PMID:32909470 | DOI:10.1080/14992027.2020.1817994