In Australia, tele-health has long been championed as a solution to address the rising demand for health services in response to the ageing population. Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the vulnerability of our older population and drawn a spotlight on the huge opportunities afforded by digital technology to ensure equity and continuity of access to healthcare. However, as we look to implement tele-solutions in our industries we need consider the holistic health of the client and the impact their health condition may have on receiving equal and quality access to care. Audio connection is the common and critical thread in communication for many tele-health solutions, but what happens if they can’t hear well? For many tele-health solutions, we rely on an audio connection to communicate with our patients but what happens if they can’t hear well? Hearing loss effects one in six Australians and this number is projected to increase to one in four by 2050. As the rates of hearing loss increase, particularly amongst the more elderly population, we need to consider how this may impact an individual’s ability to successfully access tele-services. This session will highlight important considerations for individuals with hearing impairment when implementing tele-services. Additionally, the role of tele-audiology will be discussed, including current trends and the limitations to its widespread implementation thus far
December 4 @ 15:30
15:30 — 16:30 (1h)

Dr Cathy Sucher – Senior Clinical Audiologist, Maddison Brennan – Clinical and Research Audiologist at Ear Science Institute Australia