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AudiologyNOW! 2015: Four Strategies for Increasing Access to Hearing Care Globally (.1 CEUs)

Recorded On: 05/12/2015

Four Strategies for Increasing Access to Hearing Care Globally

Recorded on March 26, 2015 at AudiologyNOW! 2015

Duration: 60 Minutes

Presenters: James W. Hall III., PhD and De Wet Swanepoel

CEUs: .1

Who Should Attend: Audiologists interested in the international delivery of hearing health care and the educational of hearing health care professionals.

Instructional Level: Intermediate
Program Focus: Knowledge

Learner Outcomes: Upon completion, each participant in the eAudiology Web seminar will be able to:

  1. Describe what is meant by tele-audiology with reference to validation
  2. List four strategies for expanding hearing care globally
  3. Identify two examples of existing programs for training technicians and audiologists in developing countries

Description: Four strategies for increasing access to hearing care globally are described. One strategy is the audiology application of tele-health techniques and technology, often referred to as tele-audiology. Another approach is the use of automated technology to identify hearing loss and to facilitate diagnosis of hearing loss in children and adults. A third strategy is growth of systematically trained hearing care technicians who work with audiologists and physicians. The final strategy is the expansion of online educational programs for formal education of audiologists in developing countries who take the lead role in establishment of audiology infrastructure in their homeland.

James W. Hall III, PhD received a Bachelor's degree in biology from American International College, a Masters degree from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. in audiology from Baylor College of Medicine. Since then, he has held clinical and academic audiology positions at major medical centers and also maintained a clinical practice, participated in funded research, and served as a clinical instructor and mentor to Doctor of Audiology students. He now holds an appointment as Professor at Salus University, Adjunct Professor at Nova Southeastern University, and Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Dr. Hall's major clinical and research interests are clinical electrophysiology, auditory processing disorders, tinnitus/hyperacusis, and audiology applications of tele-health. He regularly lectures internationally on these topics. Dr. Hall is the author of over 125 peer-reviewed journal articles, monographs, or book chapters, and eight textbooks including Introduction to Audiology Today.

De Wet Swanepoel is professor in audiology at the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, University of Pretoria, South Africa and a senior research fellow at the Ear Science Institute Australia with adjunct positions at the University of Texas at Dallas and the University of Western Australia. He has published more than 90 peer-reviewed articles, books and book chapters and has received numerous awards in recognition of his work. His research and clinical interests span the field of early identification and diagnosis of hearing loss, objective measures of auditory functioning, and ear and hearing telehealth. Dr Swanepoel's research is directed at improving timely access to ear and hearing health care for the underserved to secure optimal education, vocation and socio-emotional outcomes. His research capitalises on information and communication technologies to explore, develop and implement innovative solutions. He is also serving as president-elect of the International Society of Audiology.


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