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Indian Journal of Otolaryngology & Head & Neck Surgery ; : 1-8, 2022.
Article in English | Academic Search Complete | ID: covidwho-2158162

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The present study explored the impact of COVID-19 on hearing health and problems faced by older adults using hearing aid/s. Fifty older adults in the age range of 55–95 years were selected for the study based on the inclusion and exclusion criteria. Therefore, the developed questionnaire was administered to them. Statistical analysis was performed for all the responses achieved. Closure of hearing aid companies and audiological centers was found to have a negative impact on availing audiological services. Likewise, a huge hike in the price of these services made it impossible for people to afford them. Despite the availability of tele-audiology, older adults were not able to make the best use of it due to numerous reasons. We sought to explore patients' perceptions to break down these barriers by enhancing the quality of tele-audiology, home visits, and remote services. Therefore, the present report may facilitate in planning and implementation of policies related to audiological services, especially during times of crisis, which may help strengthen our hearing health care system. [ FROM AUTHOR]

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Audiology Today ; 34(6):20-29, 2022.
Article in English | CINAHL | ID: covidwho-2111885
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J Audiol Otol ; 26(3): 130-141, 2022 Jul.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1964592

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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The COVID-19 pandemic has led to widespread use of telepractice in hearing health care services. In this study, we investigated the knowledge, attitude, and practice (KAP) of tele-audiology among Indian audiologists. The current study is based on tele-practice guidelines recommended by the Indian Speech and Hearing Association for tele-audiology services in India. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: An internet-based KAP questionnaire survey was performed among 108 audiologists. The questionnaire included 33 items categorized under the following domains: demographic information and KAP of tele-audiology. Of the 108 audiologists included in the study, 38 admitted to the practice of tele-audiology previously and during the COVID-19 pandemic (tele-practitioners), and 70 respondents had no experience of tele-audiology (non-telepractitioners). RESULTS: Overall higher scores were observed with regard to the knowledge domain, and a mixed attitude regarding tele-practice was observed among audiologists. Most respondents acknowledged the advantages of tele-audiology in clinical practice. However, audiologists were hesitant to utilize this technology owing to the challenges associated with tele-practice. CONCLUSIONS: Despite adequate awareness and a positive attitude, a gap is observed between available knowledge and its actual application/utilization in tele-audiology. Tele-audiology practice was limited to counseling, hearing impairment treatment, and troubleshooting tips for hearing aids. Evidence-based practices to perform diagnostic test battery in tele-mode, hands-on training to run diagnostic test battery/rehabilitation using a tele-mode approach, and greater understanding of the technical requirements for tele-practice may result in a positive perception and encourage tele-audiology practice among audiologists. Specialized training and regular continuing education programmes are important to promote tele-audiology services in clinical practice.

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Higher Education, Skills and Work - Based Learning ; 12(4):791-806, 2022.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-1932019

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Purpose>This study investigates a blended learning model which incorporates online learning for a competency-focused, work-based learning (WBL) programme within allied healthcare. The case-study is centred on hearing aid audiology.Design/methodology/approach>The study evaluated the feedback received through a tripartite group of stakeholders (learners, academic staff and employers).Findings>Results showed that although there was universal support for blended learning, incorporating online learning, each stakeholder contributed different perspectives. The authors identified that in terms of curriculum design, a comprehensive analysis of the holistic perspective across all stakeholders is essential to ascertain the suitability of this learning mode for WBL. The study may provide the basis of a preparatory framework for the development of a generic, competency-focused model that can be applied across allied healthcare WBL programmes.Originality/value>Although previous studies of WBL have been reported, to the knowledge of the authors, there is no current reference in the literature to studies that examine thematic areas relevant to all three stakeholders across a programme of this nature in hearing aid audiology.

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Hearing Journal ; 75(4):N.PAG-N.PAG, 2022.
Article in English | CINAHL | ID: covidwho-1806586
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Hearing Journal ; 75(4):N.PAG-N.PAG, 2022.
Article in English | CINAHL | ID: covidwho-1806585
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Non-conventional in English | APA PsycInfo | ID: covidwho-1628283

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To compound the problem of low uptake of hearing aids, recent data suggest untreated hearing loss is linked to several other conditions that erode a person's overall quality of life, especially as they age. One popular approach geared to better meet the needs of persons with hearing loss is to practice patient-centered care. Something that is easy to talk about (ask any audiologist and they say that they do it) but challenging to implement. Patient-centered care might seem like a recent advance, but the term has been around for more than 30 years. Relationship-centered communication acknowledges the clinician's expertise and judgment, while respecting the person's preferences, perspectives, and ultimately his or her ability to decide what intervention is best. Recently, Wallhagen, Strawbridge, and Tremblay (2021) proposed that audiologists should work within the 4M's framework. The 4M's framework suggests that what Matters is relationship-centered communication, and it needs to be combined with being mindful of Medication that might impact the individual's overall wellbeing and communication ability, along with Mobility (maintaining overall daily physical functioning) and Mentation (sustaining good cognitive and emotional health). The 4M's framework reminds us that hearing loss is not independent of other health conditions and the ability to capture the full totality of the individual's situation is built on a foundation of holistic, empathic communication. This book intends to provide some practical guidance, based on scientific principles, around this foundation of holistic communication. Furthermore, it shows that relationship-centered communication is not confined to in-person visits;that strong professional relationships can be forged in the virtual world-something that should interest all stakeholders as we move into the post-COVID era of tele-audiology and remote care. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2022 APA, all rights reserved)

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Clin Epidemiol Glob Health ; 13: 100939, 2022.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1588160

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BACKGROUND: COVID-19 has significantly impacted the professional practice of health care professionals including audiological practice. Audiologists had to adopt to changes and modify their practice to deal with the pandemic. Reasonable published work has been seen since the onset of the pandemic, depicting impact on the audiology practice across the globe in different practice settings and contexts. The present scoping review was carried out to explore the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on audiology practice and the challenges faced. MATERIAL & METHODS: A literature search was carried out to identify the studies exploring the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on audiology practice. Three electronic databases namely Scopus, PubMed/Medline, and Cochrane Library were searched using keywords. After title and abstract screening, suitable studies were identified. RESULTS: Of the total 172, nine studies focusing on impact of COVID-19 pandemic on audiology practice COVID-19, published between January 2020 to June 2021 were included. Overall, the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent restrictions, caused changes in routine clinical practices in audiology. These changes were with respect to stringent infection control measures, mode of service delivery, changes in routines with reduced services or prioritizing services. Challenges included issues with remote services, experience, and support. CONCLUSION: The present review reveals the changes in audiology practice during COVID -19 and challenges encountered by audiologists. These findings would help in better planning of audiology practice in the post pandemic world.

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Clin Epidemiol Glob Health ; 9: 110-115, 2021.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-695763

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BACKGROUND: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has spread throughout the world and become a global pandemic. This has hampered and led to drastic changes in the functioning of healthcare services, forcing the professionals to adapt and work efficiently. The present study aimed to explore the impact of COVID-19 on the professional practices of audiologists and speech-language pathologists in India using a cross-sectional knowledge, attitude and practices survey. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study was conducted in two phases; phase one involved development and validation of the questionnaire, while phase II involved data collection. A cross-sectional self-reported internet-based study using convenience sampling was carried out. RESULTS: Two hundred and eleven audiologists and speech-language pathologists responded to the survey. Overall, the professionals exhibited good knowledge levels regarding the COVID-19 outbreak. However, there were differences in their attitudes towards service delivery in the midst of the pandemic. Further, poor practices towards infection control measures especially in terms of hand washing was noted. CONCLUSION: The findings of the present study are useful in highlighting the need to create better awareness among these professionals about appropriate and standard infection control measures. There is a need to have in place standard operating protocols for hand wash and infection control as well as inclusion in curriculum.

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