Telepractice in University Au.D. Programs: Survey of Program Directors Permanent hearing loss is a global health care burden; 360 million people, including 32 million (9%) children, have disabling hearing loss (Chadha & Stevens, 2013, p. 2). About 80 percent of these people live in developing nations without access to hearing care services. The American Academy of Audiology (AAA, 2014) ... Article
Article  |   September 01, 2015
Telepractice in University Au.D. Programs: Survey of Program Directors
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Nichelle J. Wilson
    Department of Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences, Gallaudet University, Washington, DC
  • Brenda C. Seal
    Department of Hearing, Speech, and Language Sciences, Gallaudet University, Washington, DC
  • Financial Disclosure: Nichelle J. Wilson conducted this research in satisfying her Au.D. capstone project at Gallaudet University. Brenda C. Seal served as faculty chair of the research. Results were presented at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida in November 2014 and at the Speech and Hearing Association of Virginia's Annual Conference in March 2014.
    Financial Disclosure: Nichelle J. Wilson conducted this research in satisfying her Au.D. capstone project at Gallaudet University. Brenda C. Seal served as faculty chair of the research. Results were presented at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida in November 2014 and at the Speech and Hearing Association of Virginia's Annual Conference in March 2014.×
  • Nonfinancial Disclosure: The authors have no nonfinancial interests related to the content of this article.
    Nonfinancial Disclosure: The authors have no nonfinancial interests related to the content of this article.×
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Article   |   September 01, 2015
Telepractice in University Au.D. Programs: Survey of Program Directors
SIG 18 Perspectives on Telepractice, September 2015, Vol. 5, 27-37. doi:10.1044/tele5.2.27
History: Received March 2, 2015 , Revised May 20, 2015 , Accepted May 26, 2015
SIG 18 Perspectives on Telepractice, September 2015, Vol. 5, 27-37. doi:10.1044/tele5.2.27
History: Received March 2, 2015; Revised May 20, 2015; Accepted May 26, 2015

Permanent hearing loss is a global health care burden; 360 million people, including 32 million (9%) children, have disabling hearing loss (Chadha & Stevens, 2013, p. 2). About 80 percent of these people live in developing nations without access to hearing care services. The American Academy of Audiology (AAA, 2014) has reported “ongoing efforts to explore and enhance the use of telepractice…to expand the availability and accessibility of hearing and balance care” to individuals across the world. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (2014c)  has also endorsed advances in telepractice for the world's millions with hearing loss and related disorders, and encouraged institutional involvement as a future direction for audiology training. In the first publishing of this nature, this report shares survey responses from 28 of the nation's 74 graduate programs about their inclusion of telepractice in the Clinical Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) curriculum. Results suggest a slow response from university programs and challenges in addressing telepractice in current course and clinical offerings. Results also support a direction of change to include telepractice in future Au.D. curricula.

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