Telehealth Services Associated With Empowerment for CI Recipients Adult cochlear implant (CI) recipients who receive postoperative care via telemedicine service demonstrated substantial improvements in their hearing ability and felt more empowered, according to a study in the United Kingdom. CI recipients require several hours of time with an audiologist for CI orientation, mapping and other counseling-related activities. These ... News in Brief
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Telehealth Services Associated With Empowerment for CI Recipients
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Telehealth Services Associated With Empowerment for CI Recipients
The ASHA Leader, August 2018, Vol. 23, 12. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB4.23082018.12
The ASHA Leader, August 2018, Vol. 23, 12. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB4.23082018.12
Adult cochlear implant (CI) recipients who receive postoperative care via telemedicine service demonstrated substantial improvements in their hearing ability and felt more empowered, according to a study in the United Kingdom.
CI recipients require several hours of time with an audiologist for CI orientation, mapping and other counseling-related activities. These vital follow-up components often require taking time off work, transportation issues and other deterrents, leading to missed appointments and poorer-than-expected outcomes.
In a randomized clinical trial, audiologists at the University of Southampton Auditory Implant Service followed 60 adults who had used cochlear implants for at least six months. Half the study participants served as the control group and followed the usual CI follow-up care pathway. The other half received care remotely for six months. The remote group had access to self-adjustment of their CIs, a personalized online intervention package for testing their own hearing, rehabilitation, troubleshooting and training.
Researchers found that the remote-care group showed a greater increase in patient activation than the control group, indicating a greater sense of empowerment. The study appears in the British Medical Journal.
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