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Teleaudiology for rehabilitation with hearing aids (Tao et al., 2018)

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posted on 2018-06-26, 22:37 authored by Karina F. M. Tao, Christopher G. Brennan-Jones, Dirce M. Capobianco-Fava, Dona M. P. Jayakody, Peter L. Friedland, De Wet Swanepoel, Robert H. Eikelboom
Purpose: This review examined (a) the current evidence from studies on teleaudiology applications for rehabilitation of adults with hearing impairment with hearing aids and (b) whether it is sufficient to support the translation into routine clinical practice.
Method: A search strategy and eligibility criteria were utilized to include articles specifically related to hearing aid fitting and follow-up procedures that are involved in consultations for the rehabilitation of adults, where the service was provided by the clinician by teleaudiology. A search using key words and Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) was conducted on the main electronic databases that index health-related studies. The included studies were assessed using validated evaluation tools for methodological quality, level of evidence, and grade recommendations for application into practice.
Results: Fourteen studies were identified as being within the scope of this review. The evaluation tools showed that none of these studies demonstrated either a strong methodological quality or high level of evidence. Analysis of evidence identified 19 activities, which were classified into service outcomes categories of feasibility, barriers, efficiency, quality, and effectiveness. Recommendations could be made regarding the (a) feasibility, (b) barriers, and (c) efficiency of teleaudiology for the rehabilitation of hearing loss with hearing aids.
Conclusion: This review provides up-to-date evidence for teleaudiology hearing aid services in new and experienced hearing aid users in different practice settings. Findings direct future research priorities to strengthen evidence-based practice. There is a need for further studies of many aspects of teleaudiology services for rehabilitation with hearing aids to support their implementation into clinical practice.

Supplemental Material S1. Search strategy.

Supplemental Material S2. Search history run on CINAHL Plus (EBSCO HOST) database (1937 to current) on May 20, 2017; search history run on Ovid EMBASE database (1946 to current) on May 20, 2017.

Supplemental Material S3. Summary of included studies.

Tao, K. F. M., Brennan-Jones, C. G., Capobianco-Fava, D. M., Jayakody, D. M. P., Friedland, P. L., Swanepoel, D. W., & Eikelboom, R. H. (2018). Teleaudiology services for rehabilitation with hearing aids in adults: A systematic review. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 61, 1831–1849.


This work was supported by CAPES Foundation, Process BEX 13410/13-0, Science Without Borders Program, Brazil (awarded to Karina F. M. Tao) and by Ear Science Institute Australia, Perth, Australia.