Special Interest Group 07 - Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation

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Topics in Aural Rehabilitation
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
These Perspectives (SIG 7) articles address therapy, patient education/counseling, and novel eHealth programs to serve clients across the lifespan. The topic of multisensory integration is addressed with a review of cognitive neuroscience literature and recommendations are made for therapy protocols for infants and children with hearing loss. There is a review of the development and outcomes of a multimedia education program for adults with hearing loss. The use of eHealth in patient-centered care for adults with hearing loss is considered for current practice and its future directions. Authors discuss considerations for the use of remote microphone technology by the oldest generation of patients. Finally, patient-centered strategies for communication during audiology consultations are presented to build trust and positive therapeutic relationships.
Perspectives, SIG 7, Vol. 3, Part 1, 2018
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
The theme for these articles is using technology to enhance aural rehabilitation for adults with hearing loss. Manchaiah introduces the issues related to direct-to-consumer hearing devices. Major topics include important definitions, a summary of the literature, and discussion of risks and benefits associated with the use of direct-to-consumer devices by adults with hearing loss. Olson and colleagues summarize current mobile apps for auditory training designed for adult learners. Mobile apps for smartphones and tablets were reviewed for their content, usability, and potential clinical applications as supplements to aural rehabilitation outside of the clinical setting or in lieu of direct service delivery. Leavitt reviews considerations for individualized recommendations of wireless connectivity to link hearing aids or cochlear implants with other devices such as telephones, remote microphones, induction loops, infrared and personal FM systems. The article includes a process for decision-making and documentation of clinical data to support individualized recommendations. In summary, the articles address three areas of technology in aural rehabilitation for adults that are currently evolving and clinically applicable.
Perspectives, SIG 7, Vol. 2, Part 2, 2017
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
This Part addresses considerations for enhancing the service and delivery of hearing health care. Boothroyd inspires a more holistic approach to audiology in response to changes in consumer independence, access to new technologies, and emerging scientific knowledge. Luey and Wise address the role of public health policy to meet needs of hearing health care worldwide and provide insights into potential barriers to hearing services for individuals experiencing deprived socioeconomic circumstances. Ross, interviewed by Cienkowski, offers insights into the development of audiology and notable historical events, as well as challenges to the future of the profession. Heacock and Preminger focus on the inclusion of adult children in the aural rehabilitation process of family-centered health care and offer suggestions for their involvement.

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