A multi-departmental, two-city initiative to provide hearing aid service via a telepractice approach was developed whereby nursing and auditory students with supervisory faculty used AV conferencing for training and interaction with referred patients. Located in two cities, 21 nursing and 15 doctoral level audiology students met virtually, and students received teleaudiology education and practicum with interprofessional education and practice components. Nursing students in one city and a supervising faculty in another city could interact with providers and patients in both cities to provide hearing care. The teleaudiology project delivered hearing health care services, including fitting of digital mini hearing aids, to 181 patients over 29 months of the project. During that time period, 205 total patients were referred to the teleaudiology clinic. Over 90% of these patients, as assessed by either patient teleaudiology clinic visits or telephone follow-up, successfully wore their hearing aids. Students administered selected published surveys related to patient outcomes both pre and post fitting. Patients reported significant hearing handicap reduction and were very satisfied with the teleaudiology mode of digital hearing aid and hearing health care service delivery. The experience provided interprofessional pre-service exposure to cutting edge technology and an innovative delivery system for future members of the healthcare workforce.
Novak, R. E., Cantu, A. G., Zappler, A., Coco, L., Champlin, C. A., & Novak, J. C. (2016). The Future of Healthcare Delivery: IPE/IPP Audiology and Nursing Student/Faculty Collaboration to Deliver Hearing Aids to Vulnerable Adults via Telehealth. Journal of Nursing & Interprofessional Leadership in Quality & Safety, 1 (1). Retrieved from http://digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu/uthoustonjqualsafe/vol1/iss1/1