Telehealth, the convergence of telecommunication (phone calls, video chats, text messages) and health, is an invaluable tool. Bridging all long- distant patient gaps, lack of transport, mobility, economic status, restricted staff—the list is plentiful. Add to that improvements in practice efficiency and overall patient satisfaction and it’s a win-win for all involved.
Zooming in on audiological care, telehealth, or teleaudiology as it’s known
in the hearing world, is enabling audiologists to test patients’ hearing right from the comfort of their own homes via computer equipment. Furthermore, smartphone apps in combination with technological advancements in hearing aids themselves, allow audiologists to actually program and adjust hearing aids remotely.
In one recent study of hearing loss patients with dementia, researchers even found that teleaudiology can be even more effective than regular audiologic care.
Monitored and cared for remotely via real-time video calls, text and voice
chat services, providers rated patients’ “general comprehension” as 4.5 on average on a 5-point scale in the teleaudiology period, compared to 2.7 when they weren’t using the remote service, adding that the remote service both decreased patients’ stress and improved their “alertness” and “awareness.”1
Residing within the epicenter of the nation’s tech scene in Los Gatos, CA, Silicon Valley Hearing, Inc is proud to be at the forefront of this emergent technology, offering our patients the most up-to-date teleaudiology services available.
If you’d like to take advantage of our teleaudiology services, or if you have any questions at all, please contact the office directly at (408) 540-7128.
1. Jorgensen, L., Van Gerpen, T., Powers, T. A., & Apel, D. (2019, May 21). Benefit of Using Telecare for Dementia Patients with Hearing Loss and Their Caregivers. Retrieved from https://www. hearingreview.com/practice-building/office-services/telehealth/benefit-using-telecare-dementia- patients-hearing-loss-caregivers