Volume 2, Chapter 14: Teleaudiology practices in Asia

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While telepractice has been explored extensively in Western countries, this alternative mode of service delivery is still at a nascent stage in the low and middle income countries of Asia and Africa. Limitations in human resources, funds and infrastructure has prompted hearing health care providers in these continents to explore tele-practice. However, there are challenges in implementing telepractice due to poor internet speed, lack of internet access in remote locations, trained personnel, and test spaces that are less than optimum. While there is some evidence of telepractice for provision of medical health services, there is limited information available on teleaudiology practice in the Asian context. This chapter highlights the lessons learnt from tele audiology projects in the Indian subcontinent. The information shared is likely to benefit practitioners considering tele audiology services in countries with similar resource constraints.



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Link 1: Video showing Village Health Workers (VHW) conducting DPOAE screening in rural community (45 MB).

Link 2 : Video showing a diagnostic tele-ABR conducted in the mobile van (37 MB).


Chapter Contributor

 Dr. Vidya Ramkumar is an associate professor  at the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai. She was awarded the Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Professional Research fellowship in 2014 to pursue her interest in teleaudiology applications in school age children. She has completed her PhD at, Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai, in the area of teleaudiology application in newborn hearing screening in rural villages in South India.  She has several minor projects in m and e-health applications in audiology and speech pathology and was co-investigator of an Indian Council of Medical Research funded major project titled “Newborn hearing screening using teleaudiology”. She has also been involved in development of mobile phone based applications in hearing screening and tinnitus. She has published research articles in the area of teleaudiology, community based services for ear and hearing health and tinnitus. Dr. RamKumar can be reached at : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.